Serious genealogists never stop learning. There are many options for genealogical education; the opportunities listed below are not exhaustive, nor are they compulsory. Each of us starts from a different place. Each of us has to choose what will work best given our different interests, aptitudes, friends, colleagues, budgets, and learning styles.

That said, serious genealogists do not confine themselves to the local, the familiar, or the easy. Those who succeed in becoming certified—and growing beyond that point—typically combine a variety of learning opportunities. BCG’s internal statistics show that applicants who engage in ambitious learning opportunities have a higher success rate than those who have not.


The purpose of the BCG Learning Center is to provide serious genealogists with resources for genealogical education. It is up to you to determine which options are appropriate and of value.

> BCG Resources on Key Skills

BCG-produced articles on key skills from On Board, posts from BCG’s blog Springboard, and video and audio from BCG associates.

> BCG OnBoard Newsletter

OnBoard is an educational newsletter, is published each January, May, and September. It carries news, associate profiles, and feature articles on certification, genealogical standards, skillbuilding, and sources.

> BCG “Ten-Minute Methodology” Series

“Ten-Minute Methodology” is an occasional series intended to educate and challenge BCG associates, aspirants, and the genealogical community at large.

> Recommended Reading

Recommended reading, in book, journal, and blog form, including content on DNA by BCG associates.

> Educational Activities

Educational activities including but not limited to academic programs (both online and onsite, usually lasting months or years); collaborative online study groups; institutes (usually one week onsite with a single focus); independent-study courses; and regional, national, and international conferences.

> Related Institutions and Organizations

Related institutions including but not limited to other genealogical organizations and organizations of allied professionals.

> Libraries and Archives

Non-inclusive list of libraries and archives containing significant genealogical collections.