Welcome from the V. P.

My name is Michael S. Ramage, J.D., Certified GenealogistSM. I am a full-time, professional genealogist located in the Philadelphia suburbs. I engage in genealogical consulting, research and writing, including missing and unknown heir research, consulting and expert testimony.

I have been a Board-certified genealogist since 2002 and currently serve the Board as V. P. and a trustee. The vice president is responsible for maintaining the BCG policy manual and performs other duties assigned by the president, Board, or executive committee. In addition, the BCG vice president performs the duties of the president in the absence of the latter.

Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG

My first career was as an attorney engaged mostly in litigation, real estate, estates and trusts law. When I considered changing careers, professional genealogy seemed to be the perfect fit since it was already a personal passion. My three-year plan to migrate from the law to professional genealogy included attempting to become a Board-certified genealogist. I felt this was necessary to convince myself, as well as others, that I understood the standards as given in The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual, not just legal standards. What I discovered was the great wisdom that the drafters of these standards gave to all of us genealogists and I continuously strive to understand and apply those standards to all of the genealogy work that I do. I hope you all will do the same.

I look forward to blogging with you all.


Welcome to SpringBoard!

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) is launching this blog to help communicate information that the public may be interested in learning about the Board, about genealogical standards, and other news or items of interest.

First let me introduce BCG. Currently in our 49th year, we are

  • an independent organization not affiliated with, or part of, any group
  • a certifying body, not a membership society; and
  • a nationally and internationally recognized organization.

You may read about our mission, vision, and activities at http://www.bcgcertification.org/aboutbcg/index.html. A calendar of current events has been placed at the top of this blog.

Second, let me introduce myself. I am Elissa Scalise Powell, Certified GenealogistSM, Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. I have been conducting genealogical research since 1985 when I was a young mother at home and turned to my family history to stimulate my mind during my children’s nap time. I thought I would update our Eberhardt / Everhard family history, written in 1893, and find that I am still working on it! Board-certified in 1995, I have always volunteered my time to genealogical societies and have learned much in working on various boards. In genealogy I found my passion, my avocation, and my vocation.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

I am very honored to have been asked to become BCG president as of October 2012. I am hopeful that we can reach out to those who want to know if they are performing genealogical research according to the standards established for our profession. Those who are “doing this just for family” and those who take clients or have library patrons are all interested in doing research “the right way.”

To this end, BCG does much in the way of education, especially through the skillbuilding lectures at the National Genealogical Society conferences, through its newsletter, OnBoard, through its website, and now through this blog, SpringBoard. Other avenues are being planned, so stay tuned!

May all your ancestors have tombstones!
— Elissa