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
– 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:

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

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Cari A. Taplin, CG

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BCG Luncheon: a Lighthearted Retrospective

S451: Pamela Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, “Then and Now: Changes in Methodologies and Sources,” reviewed by Malissa Ruffner, J.D., CG.

Poodle skirt and saddle shoes? Leisure suit and medallion? Pam and Rick Sayre’s delightful luncheon entertainment was a humorous reflection on genealogical research then and now—with a message.

Our ability to wait has grown rusty. Our abstracting and microfilm-turning muscles are withering. Our tolerance for mold has declined. Some acronyms, such as SASE, are out, while others, such as DNA, are in. And DNA is a double-edged sword: you might gain a new half-cousin, but lose your Indian-princess great-great-grandmother.

If you think Rick and Pam want to return to life before Google Earth, think again. Online access (at 3:00 a.m. in your jammies!) brings immediate gratification and the ability to study whole series of records for context. Basic truths haven’t changed. Indexes still point to underlying archival documents. There is no substitute for reading instructional and introductory fine print. Evidence Explained may be a presence on Facebook, but its author won’t write your citations for you.

The new standards manual is smaller, but don’t be fooled. The standards have not been lowered. Unlike saddle shoes and leisure suits, doing things the “right way” will never go out of style.


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