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. waunitagee@gmail.com

Jason Harrison, CG, Ogden, Utah; initial certification 30 September 2010.  harrisonjb@familysearch.organcestraldetective@yahoo.com

Debra S. Mieszala, CG, Libertyville, Illinois; initial certification 18 January 2002. debfamhist@sbcglobal.net; http://advancinggenealogist.com/

David Rencher, CG, Riverton, Utah; initial certification 3 August 2006. rencherde@ldschurch.org

Publications

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.

BCG Offers Free Webinar: “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name” by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 21 March, 8:00 p.m. Eastern  “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name” by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

This lecture reviews tactics for sorting our ancestors from other men or women of the same name in the same general time period and location.  Several case studies show how these methods were effective.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name” by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 21 March 2017.

Rebecca Whitman Koford holds a Certified Genealogist credential. Her focus is in American research with special emphasis in Maryland. She has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference, Maryland State Archives, and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. She is a graduate of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills; she was appointed ProGen Administrator in January 2015. Rebecca is currently very enthusiastic about the Society of Preservation Patriots project sponsored by FGS, an effort to digitize original military records from the National Archives. Rebecca lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

“We are pleased to offer these educational opportunities to the community,” 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.”

Register for “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name” by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, before 21 March 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6102864957247405057.

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.

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.

Cari A. Taplin, CG

 

Skillbuilding, NGS 2016: Koford’s Brick-Wall Sledgehammer

SpringBoard, an official blogger for the 2016 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference, is pleased to offer a review of this BCG Skillbuilding lecture, presented 7 May 2016.

S451, Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, “How I Built My Own Brick Wall and the Sledgehammer of Experience”

Reviewed by Angela McGhie, CG

Rebecca Koford’s fun presentation entertained and educated, a challenge for the late Saturday afternoon session. Her positive approach suggested ways that attendees could expand their knowledge and overcome brick walls.

Rebecca Koford, CG
Photo Courtesy Scott Stewart Photography

Rebecca shared fourteen points that keep us from solving difficult problems. She illustrated each with a story and a suggestion how to overcome the issue. As an example, researching only on the internet is point number seven. Rebecca used the comparison of a microwave and a stove. The microwave is fast and efficient, but it is not for cooking everything. Sometimes we need an oven or a stove to properly cook the food we want to eat. We do not want our family tree to be the equivalent of a TV microwave dinner when we could have a Thanksgiving feast!

When discussing the Genealogical Proof Standard, Rebecca observed that the acronym GPS could also stand for “Genealogical Problem Solver.” Those who consistently follow the five steps of the GPS are more successful in solving tough genealogical questions.

Rebecca ended her session by suggesting that we use writing as a method for solving our brick walls. She wants us to write about our research like we have been telling others about it orally. We can write it out just as if we were explaining it to another genealogist. Many times by putting our work on paper we see it differently or see the holes and can solve our own problem.

Rebecca’s personable style, fun sense of humor, and illustrative stories made this presentation an enjoyable end to an enjoyable conference.

 

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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.