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.

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Cari A. Taplin, CG

BCG News Release Coordinator