Associates in Action

Associates in Action highlights BCG associates’ news, activities, and accomplishments. Contact Alice Hoyt Veen to include your news in an upcoming post.

Awards & Achievements

The Board for Certification of Genealogists congratulates the following associates on their successful credential renewals:

Claire Ammon, CG, Lincoln, Massachusetts; initial certification
6 February 2012. http://www.connecticutgenealogist.com. claire.e.ammon@gmail.com

Claire Bettag, CG, Washington, District of Columbia; initial certification 1 January 1997. claire@clairebettag.com

Christina Sachs Humphreys, CG, Tucson, Arizona; initial certification
22 May 2006.  christina.s.humphreys@gmail.com

Darlene Hunter, CG, Woodbridge, Virginia; initial certification
3 December 1991. DHunter528@aol.com

Roger Joslyn, CG, New York, New York; initial certification
17 April 1981. http://www.genealogicalforensics.comrdjoslyn@juno.com

Barbara Mathews, CG, Lexington, Massachusetts; initial certification
12 July 1996. http://www.demandinggenealogist.com.  http://blog.demandinggenealogist.combarbara@demandinggenealogist.com

Susan Kay Michael, CG, Monroe, North Carolina; initial certification
18 August 2011. widget@carolina.rr.com

Terry Moore, CG, Raleigh, North Carolina; initial certification
9 July 2006. moore.research@gmail.com

Dawne Slater, CG, Farmington, Utah; initial certification 4 July 1996. dawne.slater1@gmail.com

Valerie Ann Gard Stern, CG, Sussex, New Jersey; initial certification
5 August 2011. wolawol@gmail.com

Beth Taylor, CG, of FamilySearch in Utah; initial certification
1 October 2010.

Publications

Yvette Hoitink, CG, “Griete Smit’s Parentage: Proof in the Absence of Vital Records,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 104 (December 2016): 245 – 56.

Darcie Hind Posz, CG, “Ditch the Niche: Going Nomad May Work For You,” Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly 31 (December 2016): 181 – 84.

Darcie Hind Posz, CG, “Tanaka (田中) and Ishihara (石原) Families of Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan and Papaaloa, Hilo, Hawaii,” The American Genealogist 88:3 (July 2016): 175 – 81.

Associates in Action

Welcome to Associates in Action! This monthly feature highlights BCG associates’ news, activities, and accomplishments. Contact Alice Hoyt Veen to include your news in an upcoming post.

Activities & Projects

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, was quoted as the BCG president in the New York Times news article, “A Personal Sort of Time Travel: Ancestry Tourism,” by Amy Zipkin, 29 July 2016.

Catherine Desmarais, CG, with Michael Ramage, CG, taught Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy at GRIP in June. Catherine will be coordinating The Coaching Lab: Forensic Genealogy from Inquiry to Affidavit at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January 2017.

David McDonald, CG, was featured in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel business news article, “Genealogist digs deep to unearth family roots.”

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, CG, JD, LLM, was the featured speaker at the 15 July 2016 Genealogical Institute on Federal Records Alumni Association Banquet. Her topic was “Including African American Genealogy in the American Mosaic.”

LaBrenda will conduct a workshop on 13 August 2016 for the Central Maryland Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicot City, Maryland, entitled “Analysis of Probate Records and Study of the Probate Process.” She will make two presentations at the 37th Annual National Conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia: on 14 October 2016, “A Forum on the Board for Certification of Genealogists”  and on 15 October 2016, “Researching African American Families that Came Out of Slavery: Application of the First Component of the Genealogical Proof Standard.”

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, coordinated and taught a course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in July. Resources and Strategies for Researching Your Italian Ancestors included additional course instructors Suzanne Russo Adams, MA, AG, and Paola Manfredi, AG. Melanie has also completed work on a four-year family history book for the surname Mattei.

Awards & Achievements

Amy Larner Giroux, PhD, CG, CGL. Congratulations to Amy and her team on their second place tie in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chronicling America Data Challenge. Amy’s team developed Historical Agricultural News, a search tool site for exploring information on the farming organizations, technologies, and practices of America’s past. The site describes farming as the window into communities, social and technological change, and concepts like progress, development, and modernity. http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2016-07-25

Career News

Dawne Slater, CG. Ancestry ProGenealogists has promoted Dawne from Associate Genealogist to Genealogist Researcher. The new position reflects her years of experience in the field and acknowledges the work she has done at Ancestry since joining the firm last fall.

Publications

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, CG, JD, LLM, A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens, South Carolina, and Selected Finding Aids (Bloomington, IN: Xlibris Pub., 2016). LaBrenda’s book is both a locality guide, with tips on where to look for sources, and a “how to” manual for those who have not mastered genealogical methodologies. It provides background information applicable to all South Carolina counties and includes references to “modern” finding aids and websites. She offers practical advice and research strategies based on her experience and formal studies. LaBrenda will discuss her new book on the blogtalk radio program Research at the National Archives and Beyond, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bernicebennett, 25 August 2016. The book is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Xlibris.

BCG’s Facebook Group—1000 and Counting

The Board for Certification of Genealogists Facebook Group recently added its 1000th member! Friends include more than 1000 individuals who are board-certified genealogists or who are pursuing or interested in the process of certification. We think it’s wonderful that so many genealogists would strive to have their work—whether for pay, pro bono, or for themselves—meet the standards of our field.

The Facebook group was recently reorganized to be a more active site. Its purpose is to be a platform where BCG associates and those who are interested in or considering the process of certification can interact, ask questions, and share news pertinent to the organization and the field. BCG’s blog, SpringBoard, has a place for comments, but BCG wanted to provide an additional forum with even more give-and-take. While those “on-the-clock” have the ACTION email list, there was no place for interaction between BCG associates and interested individuals who have not yet submitted their preliminary applications. The Facebook group is now that place.

Because it is an informal forum, comments by associates and non-associates on BCG’s Facebook page do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. If you are not yet a member of BCG’s Facebook group, you can ask to be added here.

by Dawne L. Slater, CG, BCG Facebook Group Administrator


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