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 following associates were recently named among most-frequently viewed Legacy Family Tree Webinars during the month of March:

Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL, “New Standards or Old? Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories”

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name”

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, “Picture This: Images You Can Freely Use”

Karen Stanbary, CG, “Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument”

Craig R. Scott, MA, CG, FUGA, “Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research”

Cari Taplin, CG, “Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips”

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

Waunita Gibbons, CG, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; initial certification 3 April 2007.

Jason Harrison, CG, Ogden, Utah; initial certification 30 September 2010.

Debra S. Mieszala, CG, Libertyville, Illinois; initial certification 18 January 2002.;

David Rencher, CG, Riverton, Utah; initial certification 3 August 2006.


Harold Henderson, CG, has published the following articles:

“From Fens to Farms: William and Rebecca (Wright) Gedney of Cowbit, Lincolnshire and Lebanon, Illinois,” Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly (Spring 2017): 30-34.

“Yes, Writing Is Compulsory! Here’s How to Make It Work,” Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum 29 (Spring 2017): 18-21.

“One Family’s Nineteenth Century from New York to Chicago to Oregon: Joseph M. and Artamisia Ann (Talcott) Burdick,” Chicago Genealogist 49 (Fall 2016): 3-13.

“The Family of John S. and Zerviah (Hawkins) Porter of Jefferson County and Points West,” [Part 3], New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 147 (October 2016): 272-78.

Results of BCG Trustee Election

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) welcomes five trustees, two new and three re-elected.

Returning for another three-year term as BCG trustees are Alison Hare, CG; Debra S. Mieszala, CG; and Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL:

  • Hare, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has been certified since 1999. She presented a lecture on the 1854 London cholera epidemic at this year’s National Genealogical Society conference.
  • Mieszala, of Libertyville, Illinois, has been certified since 2002, blogs as The Advancing Genealogist, and specializes in forensic genealogy, twentieth-century research, and the Midwest.
  • Russell, of Avenel, New Jersey, has been certified since 2012 blogs as The Legal Genealogist, and speaks at conferences coast to coast. Judy serves as member-at-large on the BCG executive committee this year.

Joining them are two newly elected trustees:

  • Judy Kellar Fox, CG, of Aloha, Oregon, has been certified since 2007, co-edits BCG’s blog Springboard, and specializes in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and German research.
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, of Herriman, Utah, has been certified since 2007, serves as BCG booth coordinator, and teaches military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents.

All fifteen 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 10 October 2015 trustees’ meeting in Salt Lake City.

For questions or more information contact: Nicki Birch, CG,

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