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.”

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Register for the Online Broadcasts

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Cari A. Taplin, CG
BCG News Release Coordinator

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Skillbuilding: Staley on Historical Context and Personal Details

SpringBoard, an official blogger for the 2015 NGS Family History Conference, is pleased to offer a review of this skillbuilding lecture, presented Friday, 15 May, 2015:

F341: C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, “The Everyday Life of Our Ancestors,” by Nancy A. Peters, CG.

In a room filled to capacity with enthusiastic family historians, C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, enlightened us on how to add personal details to our family stories. A show of hands found that most in the audience were first-time conference attendees who were eager to take their genealogical research beyond the basics of birth, marriage, and death information. Ann talked about ways to put “flesh on the bones” of our ancestors.

C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL

Ann explained how timelines can not only place our ancestors in their cultural, geographical, and historical context, but also help differentiate individuals of the same name. She showed examples of various timeline styles and suggested websites that would be useful when creating them. She reviewed several aspects of everyday life and where to find information on food, clothing, weather, occupations, medicine, and more. Her advice was to “read, read, and read some more” to understand our ancestors’ lives. Ann offered several suggestions for books and articles for researching local history and geography.

Any family history researcher will find this lecture packed with ideas and sources for learning about the past and bringing ancestors’ stories to life.

If you missed Ann’s lecture, a recording is available from Jamb Tapes, Inc.

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