BCG Offers Free Webinar: “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 20 June, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
“Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father”
by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Eli Bush’s grandfather was reported to be Daniel Bush, but was his father Jacob? Witness the research process unfold as land, probate, census, tax lists, and church records are correlated. Watch out for pitfalls such as different men with the same name and other red herrings.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 20 June 2017.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She was an instructor and module creator for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program 2008-2016. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management. She was a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists for nine years, their President (2012-2014), and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS President’s Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy.

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address questions regarding the genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

Register for “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL before 20 June 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4804523144286306049.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/bcg  and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

 

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

 

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.

Career News

Among the BCG associates coordinating a course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Athens, Georgia, July 23-28, 2017, is Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, who is coordinating “Genealogy as a Profession.” This unique course allows students to interact with working professionals and learn tips on how to create and maintain a successful genealogy business. Registration and information are found at http://www.ighr.gagensociety.org/ighr-2017/courses. Early bird registration is available until April 1st.

For those who cannot attend a full week-long course, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, also has created two virtual recorded courses through the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGRgenealogy.com), each of which is six hours long. “Professional Genealogy I: Your Plan for a Genealogical Business” http://vigrgenealogy.com/store/powell-pro1/ and “Professional Genealogy II: Becoming a Better Professional Researcher” http://vigrgenealogy.com/store/powell-pro2/ are different from each other and complement the IGHR course.

Many BCG associates teach at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in each of its two weeks this summer. Among the eighteen instructors teaching June 25-30, 2017, are Harold Henderson, CG, Melissa Johnson, CG, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, Karen Mauer Jones, CG, Michael J. Leclerc, CG, Rev. David McDonald, CG, Angela McGhie, CG, Rhoda Miller, Ed.D., CG, Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, and Karen Stanbary, CG.

Among the fifteen instructors teaching at GRIP July 16-21 are Patti Hobbs, CG, Melissa Johnson, CG, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, Karen Mauer Jones, CG, Debra Mieszala, CG, David Rencher, AG, CG, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Karen Stanbary, CG, and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. For more information on courses and registration, see http://www.gripitt.org.

Awards & Achievements

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

James Marion Baker, Ph.D., CG, Rocklin, California; initial certification 14 October 2011. jimb@starstream.net

Susan Farrell Bankhead, CG, Lehi, Utah; initial certification 17 January 2011. susanbankhead@msn.com ; http://www.brickwallgenealogist.com

Judy Kellar Fox, CG, Aloha, Oregon; initial certification 20 March 2007. foxkellarj@comcast.net

Harold Henderson, CG, La Porte, Indiana; initial certification 1 June 2012. librarytraveler@gmail.com

Sandra M. Hewlett, CG, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; initial certification 30 August 2001.  shewlett@verizon.net

Jean Foster Kelley, CG, Tampa, Florida; initial certification 21 October 2006. twylah52@hotmail.com ; jean.foster.kelley@live.com

Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, Avenel, New Jersey; initial certification 24 February 2012. jgr.research@gmail.com

BCG Webinars for 2017

The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to announce its webinar line-up for 2017. All webinars will be broadcast by Legacy Webinars, and held on the third Tuesday of the month at 8pm Eastern. The webinar schedule is as follows:

– 17 January – Michael Leclerc, CG, “Writing up your Research”
– 21 February – Karen Stanbary, CG, “Weaving DNA Test Results into a
Proof Argument”
– 21 March – Rebecca Koford, CG, “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same
Name”
– 18 April – Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, “The Genealogy in Government Documents”
– 16 May – Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, “MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA
with the GPS”
– 20 June – Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, “Beating the Bushes: Using the
GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father”
– 18 July – Angela Packer McGhie, CG, “Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas
for Further Research”
– 15 August – LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, CG, “Analyzing Probate Records of
Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors”
– 19 September – Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL,”When Does Newfound Evidence
Overturn a Proved Conclusion?”
– 17 October, David Ouimette, CG, CGL,“Databases, Search Engines, and the
Genealogical Proof Standard”
– 21 November – Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG, “Research in Federal Records:
Some Assembly Required”
– 19 December – Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, “The Law and the Reasonably
Exhaustive (Re)Search”

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is excited to offer this webinar series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. These webinars will address genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics, the BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

To register for any of these webinars, please visit our page at Legacy Family Tree Webinars: http://familytreewebinars.com/BCG.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact:
office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/BCG and http://BCGcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on BCG’s education opportunities, please visit:
http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

News from October 2015 BCG Trustees Meeting

The trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Salt Lake City on 10 October 2015. Three new trustees joined the Board: Paul Graham, CG, Judy Kellar Fox, CG, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL. Two trustees retired from the board: Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. Both have served as president of BCG and provided distinguished service to the Board and the community at large for many years.

BCG officers for 2015–2016 are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, president; Stefani Evans, CG, vice president; David McDonald, D.Min., CG, secretary; Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG, treasurer; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, and Richard G. Sayre, members-at-large.

BCG is in the process of redesigning its website. Judy G. Russell issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 26 October 2015. The RFP is for a redesign and update of the BCG website and overall BCG graphics for branding purposes.

The BCG trustees honored thirty-year associate Miriam Weiner with Emeritus status. “Miriam was the first Jewish genealogist to become certified by the BCG and is known for her pioneering work in Holocaust research and Eastern European records,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. “The Board is grateful for her many contributions to the field of genealogy and for promoting genealogy standards during her distinguished career.”

BCG will host “meet and greet” events at two national conferences in 2016. The gathering at the National Genealogical Society conference (4–7 May 2016, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) will be organized by Nicki Birch, CG. That at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference (31 August–3 September 2016, Springfield, IL) will be organized by David McDonald.

For questions or more information, please visit http://www.BCGcertification.org or contact Nicki Birch at office@BCGcertification.org.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

More BCG Webinars Available On Demand

If you’ve been waiting for recordings of BCG’s most recent webinars, four more are now accessible on demand from Vimeo.com. All are available for twenty-four-hour rental ($2.99 each) or for purchase of unlimited streaming and download ($12.99 each).

The new webinars are

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, “The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments into the Genealogical Narrative,”

Teresa Steinkamp McMillan, CG, “Truth or Fiction? Unraveling a Family Yarn,”

Shellee A. Morehead, PhD, CG, ”Diamonds in the Rough: Finding and Using Manuscript Collections,” and

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, “The Best Educational Plan for You: Sifting Through the Options.”

Go to the BCG Webinars tab at the top of this page for free previews and links to Vimeo recordings of all.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Free BCG Webinar: Your Genealogical Education Plan

Tuesday, 15 September 2015, at 8:00 p.m. EDT, former BCG president Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, will present “The Best Educational Plan for You: Sifting Through the Options.”

A recording of this webinar is available for a small fee from Vimeo.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

September is back-to-school month. What genealogical education will you pursue? Confused by all the possibilities? Trying to make your budget and calendar work with your desires? Which opportunities best suit your learning style and experience level? What scholarships are available? Thanks to standards 82 and 83, we all realize that learning about records, techniques, and new concepts is part of becoming better genealogists. Attend this webinar to learn more about various educational opportunities and to develop an education plan tailored to your own personal goals.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is a western-Pennsylvania researcher, lecturer, and co-director of GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh). She is the immediate past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists; an instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course; and coordinator of Samford University Library’s IGHR Professional Genealogy course. She taught genealogy courses at local community colleges for fourteen years and has been a regional and national speaker for over twenty years.

To register for Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, “The Best Educational Plan for You: Sifting Through the Options” on 15 September 2015, 8:00 p.m. EDT (7:00 CDT, 6:00 MDT, 5:00 PDT), go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1651627362611248898.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Attendance is limited for this free webinar. Once registered, please sign in early to avoid disappointment.

“We are pleased to offer this informative webinar,” says BCG 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 is part of this mission.”

To learn about BCG’s previous webinars, visit http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Certification Workshop at NGS 2015

SpringBoard, an official blogger for the 2015 NGS Family History Conference, is pleased to offer an overview of this certification workshop, presented Thursday, 14 May 2015:

T211: Certification: Measuring Yourself Against Standards, presented by Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, and Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Why certify?

How to certify?

What are the components of a portfolio?

What characterizes a successful applicant?

What are the common mistakes made by unsuccessful applicants?

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

These are among the questions addressed by trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in its workshop “Certification: Measuring Yourself Against Standards,” conducted at the 2015 National Genealogical Society conference in St. Charles, Missouri.

Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG

Trustee and Board Treasurer Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG, Trustee and Executive Committee member-at-large Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, and Trustee and Past President Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, reviewed the certification process in depth for a packed room at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about all of the required elements of the portfolio, the application process, and the judging rubrics.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

They also were among the first to learn of two changes in the application process, adopted by the Board of Trustees at its meeting last week:

First, the resume requirement will be updated, effective when the 2016 application guide is published, to require new applicants to “List the genealogy-related activities that helped you prepare for certification and in a sentence or two discuss how each activity helped you improve your (a) attainment of genealogical standards, (b) knowledge of genealogically-useful materials and contexts, (c) skills in reconstructing unknown or forgotten relationships, families, people, groups, and events, and (d) abilities to present your findings to others. Your discussion should cover formal and informal development activities in which you engaged. {Standards 82–83}.” This requirement, which will be evaluated by judges in the portfolio review process, is designed to ensure that applicants focus on the wide variety of educational opportunities available to assist in preparing for success as a genealogical researcher.

Second, and again effective when the 2016 application guide is published, new applications will be capped at 150 pages in length. This change will bring both electronically-submitted and hard-copy portfolios onto an identical footing, with both forms limited to 150 pages. (Double-sided printing is allowed, but each printed page counts: seventy-five pieces of paper printed on both sides equals 150 pages.) It will also serve to reinforce the guidance given to applicants that excellence is not inconsistent with brevity.

The two-hour, two-session workshop was recorded, and the audio tape will be available shortly for purchase through Jamb Tapes, Inc.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

NGS Conference Seminar: Measuring Yourself Against Standards

“Certification: Measuring Yourself Against Standards” is an interactive forum with three current BCG trustees. If you’ve been curious about what goes into preparation for BCG certification, here’s where you can ask questions and receive input about the process.

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 9:30am-12:00pm, Session T211

Successful candidates for certification often say that their attendance at certification seminars at national conferences was an integral part of preparing for their accomplishment. Yes, the seminars are taped and can be purchased and listened to later.  However, the supportive environment of a live audience with speakers allows participants to ask questions and get answers on the spot. BCG wants candidates to succeed! This double session demystifies the process and requirements by addressing concerns one by one.

The three trustees have a wide range of experiences among them. Two take clients, and one does not. Two had previous careers in the judicial system, and one did not. Two hold BCG’s Certified Genealogical Lecturer credential, and one does not. All became certified to test their work products against standards and learn ways to improve. All are dedicated to helping attendees answer the questions, “Am I ready?” and “Can I do this?” Come explore certification for yourself to better understand what is required to earn the post- nominal title of Certified Genealogist.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Michael Ramage, J.D., CG

Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, Michael Ramage, J.D., CG, and Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Discussion of BCG Certification for APG Members

Members of the Association of Professional Genealogists have an opportunity tonight, Wednesday, 18 March, to discuss BCG certification with BCG past president Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. Elissa explains, “With only twenty-five APG members allowed to be in attendance on a first-come, first-logged-in basis, we will have an intimate chat about certification, how to prepare, and what it takes to be successful.” This is a great opportunity to learn about certification and ask questions of someone who has been Board-certified for twenty years. Access information is available on the Members page of the APG website.

18 March 2015, 9:00 p.m. (EST/EDT): “Certification: Process, Requirements, and Readiness” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

The meeting room will open fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled starting time and holds a maximum of twenty-five attendees. Access will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is meant to be a discussion on a particular topic, not a lecture or a webinar. It is through the give and take of these discussions that the best learning experiences will occur. Please come prepared with your questions.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie D. Holtz, CG, at Melanie@holtzresearch.com.

We hope you enjoy the meetings!

APG Professional Development Committee


CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.