Certification results from the evaluation of work samples in a portfolio submission.


Certified Genealogist (CG)

Those who hold this credential have demonstrated their competence in research, analysis, kinship determination, and reporting skills.

Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL)

Those who hold this credential have demonstrated their competence in selecting and organizing lecture contents, providing accurate and effective presentations, and use written and visual learning aids.


Certified Genealogists (CGs and CGLs) are entitled to use their credentials as post-nominals.

To ensure that all Board-certified genealogists, including trustees, officers, and judges, continue to produce quality work they are required to submit renewal applications every five years.


BCG Arbitration Services

BCG provides an arbitration service as an expeditious and low-cost alternative to litigation for resolving disputes between its certified associates and members of the public.