BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION OF GENEALOGISTS WELCOMES FIVE TRUSTEES—TWO NEW AND THREE RE-ELECTED

BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION OF GENEALOGISTS WELCOMES FIVE TRUSTEES—TWO NEW AND THREE RE-ELECTED

Returning for another three-year term as trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists are:

  • Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, of Chicago, Illinois. Board-certified since 1999, she has served as BCG Treasurer from 2010 to 2014, and President from 2014 to 2017. Bloom is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. In her previous career she was a banker and a financial planning analyst.
  • Stefani Evans, CG, of Las Vegas, Nevada. Board-certified in 2005 and elected as a trustee in 2011, she currently serves as BCG Vice President and co-chair of the conference committee. She previously served as a BCG Education Fund Trustee, a director of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and conference chair for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference. Evans is a Doctoral candidate in the History of the North American West at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • Nancy A. Peters, CG, of Aiken, South Carolina. Board-certified in 2011, she has served as a BCG trustee and as the editor of OnBoard since 2014. As a full-time genealogist, her client work, genealogical publications, and classroom instruction focus on solving complex kinship and identity problems. In her previous career, Peters had her own consulting practice—designing, developing, and instructing software training courses for corporate clients.

Joining them are two newly elected trustees:

  • Allen R. Peterson, CG, of Katy, Texas. He was board-certified in 2009 and served as the Director of the Katy Texas Family History Center for seventeen years. He began researching in Great Britain in the middle 1990s and has authored numerous articles on British and U.S. genealogy including ten that have been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Peterson recently retired as a petroleum geologist with Apache Corporation in Houston.
  • Karen Stanbary, CG, of Chicago, Illinois. Board-certified since 2017, she chairs the BCG Genetic Genealogy Standards committee, working on establishing best practices for the incorporation of DNA evidence into genealogical conclusions. Stanbary is bilingual in English and Spanish, holds her MA in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, and has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past twenty-four years.

All 15 trustees are board-certified, and all serve without compensation. Five are elected by certified associates each year. The new trustees’ terms of office will begin at the end of the October 7th trustees’ meeting in Salt Lake City.

For questions or more information contact: Nicki Peak Birch, CG, office@BCGcertification.org.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

BCG Offers Six Free Lectures (Live or by Webinar) on 6 October 2017

Top genealogists Jeanne Bloom, Martha Garrett, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, Jill Morelli, Ann Staley, and Tom Jones will present six one-hour lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City Friday, 6 October 2017 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mountain U.S. time. The lectures are free and open to the public (registration is not required), and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. All will be broadcast online (free registration is required, see below). The Board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 a.m. – “Sweden’s Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s.” Martha Garrett, CG

10:15 a.m. – “Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise.” Jeanne Bloom, CG

11:30 a.m. – “Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery.” LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

1:30 p.m. – “Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis.” Jill Morelli, CG

2:45 p.m. – “Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Assorted Courthouse Records.” Ann Staley, CG, CGL

4:00 p.m. – “Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls.” Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

“Whether you stop in for the lectures or join online, you will learn more about how to apply good methodology to your family research,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

For questions or more information contact office@BCGcertification.org.

Register for the Online Broadcasts

All six classes will be broadcast online by BCG’s webinar partner, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking our affiliate links: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619 to sign up individually (free), or http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=3049 to sign up for multiple classes at once.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars using our affiliate link at http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619 and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. Again, BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking and buying via our affiliate link. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Cari A. Taplin, CG
BCG News Release Coordinator

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BCG Offers Free Webinar: “When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion” by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 19 September, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
“When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?”
by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

Even thorough research can miss relevant sources. What are the options when useful information or DNA test results appear after a researcher establishes a conclusion?

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?” by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 19 September 2017.

Tom has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty-five years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing ancestors reliably and fully understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the textbook Mastering Genealogical Proof. Using his nearly lifelong teaching career as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at week-long genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

Register for “When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?” by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL before 19 September 2017. BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking our affiliate link: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars using our affiliate link at http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619 and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. Again, BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking and buying via our affiliate link. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Cari A. Taplin, CG
BCG News release Coordinator

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Coming Soon from OnBoard, September 2017

OnBoard: Newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists is scheduled to publish in September 2017. We’re pleased to offer a preview of some of its content.

OnBoard Masthead-Sept2017“Using Proof by Contradiction to Focus your Research”

Applying the third element of the Genealogical Proof Standard,1 Yvette Hoitink, CG, shows how creating and testing hypotheses for contradictions can keep our research on the right path. She offers a step-by-step example of combining historical context and negative evidence to evaluate three hypotheses for the identities of a seventeenth-century Dutch property owner’s heirs.

“Finding the Truth in the Undocumented Story”

Family stories make our history come alive. Whether it’s sensational tales of family feuds and black sheep, or simply the everyday lives of ancestors, most genealogists come across an undocumented story in family research. Gail Jackson Miller, CG, provides us a framework for critically analyzing our undocumented stories to draw out the truth. She explains how using her family story about the murder of Cotton Davis.

OnBoard publishes three issues per year. A subscription is included in annual associate fees and is provided to applicants “on the clock.” Subscriptions are also available to the general public for $15.00 per year (currently) through the BCG website, here <http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/bcgitems.html>. Issues back to 1995 can also be ordered online, here <http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/backordlst.html>.

 

1 Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards (Nashville, Tenn.: Ancestry.com, 2014), 1–2.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

BCG Offers Free Webinar: “Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 15 August, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
“Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors”
by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

This webinar will provide an overview of the probate process, the genealogical information that can be found in a slaveholding estate, and related records that a probate proceeding may point to.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. Board-certified since 2015, LaBrenda focuses on African American families with roots in the South. She was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2016 and is a frequent speaker at national and local venues. She earned a BA in government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law. LaBrenda took first place in the category for published authors in the 2013 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors “Excellence-in-Writing Competition” and has also been published in the BCG blog as well the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. While practicing law she authored several editions of her family history as well as two church histories, and in 2016 she published a guide and selected finding aids for researching African Americans in South Carolina.

“We are pleased to offer these educational opportunities to the community,” says President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

Register for “Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG before 15 August 2017. BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking our affiliate link: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars using our affiliate link at http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619 and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. Again, BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking and buying via our affiliate link. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Cari A. Taplin, CG
BCG News Release Coordinator

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

BCG TRUSTEE NEWS

BCG TRUSTEE NEWS

The Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Raleigh, North Carolina on 10 May 2017.

The BCG Trustees honored Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, and Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL, with Certified Genealogist Emeritus status. BCG offers Emeritus status to board-certified genealogists who have had long and distinguished careers with BCG, and who are now retired from the genealogical profession.

Ronald Ames Hill, first certified in 1997, served as a BCG trustee from 2001 to 2003. During the past twenty years he has consistently contributed to BCG and to the genealogical community through service to societies, research, lecturing, and publishing. Hill’s work, which earned him election as a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2005, includes award-winning scholarly publications focused on English research and ground-breaking use of chancery court records.

Linda Woodward Geiger, first certified in 1994, served as BCG treasurer from 2003 to 2006 and OnBoard editor in 2001–2002. She has held the Certified Genealogical Lecturer credential since 1998. Geiger has been active in the genealogical community as a researcher, educator, author, and volunteer, serving on the staff at Samford’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and lecturing at numerous national and regional conferences. Her many publications focus on Georgia and research methodology.

BCG Executive Director Nicki Peak Birch, CG, reported that in 2016 BCG received the greatest number of portfolios (eighty-nine) since 2006 and the most new applications for the CG credential (forty-two) since 2007. BCG also had the fewest number of lapsed associates in the last ten years.

For questions or more information, please visit http://www.BCGcertification.org  or contact Nicki Birch, CG, at office@BCGcertification.org.

Certified Genealogist is a trademark and CG, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, and CGL are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations. The board name is a trademark registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

BCG News Release Coordinator

BCG Offers Free Webinar: “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 20 June, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
“Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father”
by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Eli Bush’s grandfather was reported to be Daniel Bush, but was his father Jacob? Witness the research process unfold as land, probate, census, tax lists, and church records are correlated. Watch out for pitfalls such as different men with the same name and other red herrings.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 20 June 2017.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She was an instructor and module creator for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program 2008-2016. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management. She was a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists for nine years, their President (2012-2014), and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS President’s Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy.

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address questions regarding the genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

Register for “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL before 20 June 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4804523144286306049.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/bcg  and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

 

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

 

Coming Soon from OnBoard, May 2017

OnBoard: Newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists is scheduled to publish in May 2017. We’re pleased to offer a preview of some of its content.

OnBoard May 2017 masthead

“A Look at BCG’s Evaluation System”

Have you wondered about BCG’s process for judging portfolios? Alison Hare, CG, satisfies our curiosity and takes us behind the scenes with a tour of how BCG’s evaluation system works. She provides a perspective on its fifty-year history and development.

“Genealogy Standards Prevent Bias and Presentism”

Drawing from Genealogy Standards,[1] Darcie Hind Posz, CG, explains how our field’s standards and methods are not ethnocentric. They apply equally to all cultures and demographics. Darcie gives examples of recent, non-traditional, published studies that solve kinship problems. Through adherence to standards, genealogists can provide unbiased perspectives on and learn from difficult and controversial periods in history.

OnBoard publishes three issues per year. A subscription is included in annual associate fees and is provided to applicants “on the clock.” Subscriptions are also available to the general public for $15.00 per year (currently) through the BCG website, here <http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/bcgitems.html>. Issues back to 1995 can also be ordered online, here <http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/backordlst.html>.

[1] Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards (Nashville, Tenn.: Ancestry, 2014).

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

BCG Offers Free Webinar: “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 16 May, 8:00 p.m. Eastern “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL

MAXY DNA includes mitochondrial DNA (M), autosomal DNA (A), X-DNA (X), and Y-DNA (Y). Case studies demonstrate analysis principles and techniques that work. Learn to correlate DNA test results with documentary research as part of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 16 May 2017.

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, is experienced using DNA analysis and traditional techniques for genealogical research. Debbie is the co-author with Blaine T. Bettinger of the award-winning DNA workbook, Genetic Genealogy in Practice, published by the National Genealogical Society (NGS). She is the author of the online, self-paced course Continuing Genealogical Studies: Autosomal DNA, offered by NGS. She is the DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society. Her publications include a column on using DNA analysis for genealogical research in NGS Magazine. She coordinates and presents workshops, seminars, and comprehensive, interactive genetic genealogy courses at genealogy institutes. See http://debbiewayne.com for more information and for archived versions of many of her articles.

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address questions regarding the genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

Register for “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS” by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL before 16 May 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3251742245982147585.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/bcg  and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

Congratulations, Ruth Craig, CG!

Ruth Craig became associate #1078 in August 2016. She is a resident of Grafton County, New Hampshire, just across the Connecticut River from Vermont. Her maternal ancestors lived in Massachusetts and New York, and she enjoys doing New England and Canadian research. Ruth especially appreciates the Catholic priests who kept excellent records of her French-Canadian research subjects.

Ruth Craig, CG

Ruth Craig, CG

“My career in medical research schooled me in the hypothesis-testing approach to research, and in means of correlating data. These have served me well in family history research,” says Ruth. She needs that experience as she works on a large family project. “I am trying to trace all descendants of the earliest known ancestor on my father’s side. The husband of one descendant, who had a very common name, moved from Germany to Toronto, changed his name, birthdate, and religion, probably worked on ships on the Great Lakes, and died in parts unknown. I have so far been unable to find any trace of him after 1915, whereas he likely died in the 1950s. I work on him in bits between other research, and will find him someday!”

Ruth has several observations about the certification process. She became educated in genealogical research by participating in the Boston University genealogy course and the ProGen Study Group. “However, the best thing I did was to work on four of the five requirements before I even submitted an application.” She declares that preparing her portfolio definitely changed her approach to genealogy. “I knew nothing about this type of work when I started. I see family history as a field where continuous learning and change are critical. I hope to be able to keep up!”

Ruth offers two pieces of advice for those approaching this task. “First, if a requirement seems overwhelming at the beginning, just start on it without being too perfectionistic. Once you have something on paper, it can be further developed. Second, start small (e.g., on Requirements 6 and 7)—these things tend to grow. If possible, start with a relatively simple situation.”

The standards for certification—the rubrics—made the process difficult for Ruth. She says, “My comments here may be heretical. I find it confusing that the standards, rubrics, and application instructions are overly wordy and redundant/overlapping. All of these changed while I was in the process of applying. My impression is more verbiage is being added (likely to try to help applicants who failed), whereas streamlining would have been more helpful.”

An impressive figure emerged from Ruth’s research for her kinship determination project. Ruth (Willson) Wilson, her grandmother and namesake, was recruited in 1918 for cryptologic work by MI-8, precursor of the National Security Agency (NSA). She helped break a variety of codes used in Central and South America and became a Japanese linguist.[1] “What I learned was a surprise to me and to others who had known her. She made a fantastic contribution at a time when it was difficult to do so as a woman.”

Ruth plans to tie her current medical work to history and genealogy. “I am interested in how diseases and causes of death have evolved historically. I hope to use family history as an entrée to make this area interesting to others. In short, I hope to combine my background in medical research with my new-found interest in genealogy.”

We are sure that research goal will produce some interesting studies. Congratulations on becoming certified, Ruth, and good luck with your work.

[1] https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/spies/13.htm.

Nora Galvin, CG

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.