Please Welcome John D. Beatty, CG


John Beatty, CG, in the stacks of the Allen County Public Library. Photograph by Dawne Slater-Putt, CG. Used with permission.

This post was contributed by Dawne Slater-Putt, CG:

            John D. Beatty, CG, of Fort Wayne recently became one of five Board-certified genealogists in Indiana. He is a reference librarian at The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library (ACPL), an institution well-known for its second-largest genealogical research collection in the United States. John also serves The Genealogy Center as its bibliographer. He is the author of numerous genealogical articles and books, including Protestant Women’s Narratives of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, published by Four Courts Press of Dublin; and the two-volume James Beaty and Ann Bennett of Ballycanew, County Wexford, Ireland, and More than Two Centuries of Their American Descendants, which he self-published in 2010 and considers his magnum opus. He was also the editor and major contributor to volume 1 of the two-volume History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005.

            Through his work as bibliographer for The Genealogy Center since the 1990s, John has comprised a database of more than 65,000 titles ordered – but he was ordering books before the advent of that record, so he cannot cite the total number of volumes he has been responsible for adding to this great collection. His other duties include Continue reading

Welcome from the Secretary

Greetings! I would like to take my turn to welcome you to BCG’s newly-established blog. My name is Dawne Slater-Putt, CG, and I currently serve as the Board’s recording secretary. I have been Board-certified since 1996. As a reference librarian in The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I feel I am in the minority among my fellow associates in that I do not do client research for hire.

Dawne Slater-Putt, CG

My message to those who ask me about my involvement with BCG is that certification is not just for those who want to take clients! In the ranks of BCG associates are researchers, lecturers, authors and publishers, bloggers, librarians, archivists, and others in all kinds of occupations that relate – or do not relate – to genealogy. What we have in common is our commitment to a set of standards for sound genealogical research, analysis, and writing. I sought certification because I wanted to test my skills and stretch them. I have renewed every five years since 1996 to be sure that I do not become complacent. I want my work always to reflect – or even to exceed, because my portfolio certainly was far from perfect – the effort that I put into my original portfolio.

I would encourage everyone who has an interest in certification to explore thoroughly the BCG website and to talk to Board-certified individuals. Certification truly is for anyone who has the interest and desire to attempt it.