The following materials appear here as examples of genealogical work prepared by board-certified genealogists and, in many cases, published by peer-reviewed journals.

Each work sample appears here with the permission of the author, is copyrighted by the author, and may not be further reproduced elsewhere without the written consent of the author. Facsimile copies of published articles appear with the permission of the National Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.

Note that no example is ever perfect in every respect. Moreover, every journal has its own style requirements reflecting its own traditions that may not comport entirely with the requirements of The BCG Application Guide. For these reasons, these samples are not models for portfolio submissions. In all portfolio submissions, the Application Guide controls.


Research Reports | Case Studies | Family Histories | Client Agreements


Research Reports

The following work samples are presented in chronological order, newest to oldest.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, CG, CGL, FASG.Samuel Witter (1787-1876) and the War of 1812.” (2012/2017)

Ruffner, Malissa, CG.Pierre Lapouraille (m.1819).” (2012)

Lennon, Rachal M., CG, FASG.Analysis of the men who served with Jonathan Turner…” (2006)

Lenzen, Connie Miller, CG.House history of 5726 North East Cleveland Avenue, Portland, Oregon.” (2006)

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Case Studies

The following work samples are presented in chronological order, newest to oldest.

Garrett-Nelson, LaBrenda, CG.Resolving a Modern Genealogical Problem: What was Rainey Nelson’s Birth Name?National Genealogical Society Quarterly 104 (September 2016): 203–213.

Stanbary, Karen, CG.Rafael Arriaga, a Mexican Father in Michigan: Autosomal DNA Helps Identify Paternity.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 104 (June 2016): 85-98.

Baty, Laurel T., CG.Aaron Strickland’s North Carolina Origin.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 104 (March 2016): 21–37.

Johnson, Melissa A., CG.Mothers for Sophie (Kanetski) Howe of Scranton, Pennsylvania.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 103 (June 2015): 105-113.

Jones, Thomas W., Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG.Too Few Sources to Solve a Family Mystery? Some Greenfields in Central and Western New York.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 103 (June 2015): 85–103.

Lennon, Rachal Mills, CG, FASG.Context and Comrades Illuminate a Silent Southerner: John Temple (1758–1838), Revolutionary War Pensioner.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 103 (March 2015): 49–67.

Andrews, Jean Atkinson, CG.Indirect Evidence for the Identity of Richard Andrews (1748-1824) of Stark County, Ohio.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 103 (March 2015): 37–48.

Henningfield, Melinda Daffin, CG.A Family for William Gray of New Madrid County, Territory of Missouri.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 101 (September 2013): 207-228.

Peterson, Allen R., CG.Dead Men Do Not Sell Timber: The Sinking of the Snow Owen and Captain Plato Denney’s Two Deaths.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 101 (September 2013): 175-188.

Peters, Nancy A., CG.Using Indirect Evidence to Find In-Laws for Conrad Peters of Monroe County, New York.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 99 (December 2011): 281–293.

Hare, Alison, CG.Searching for Greens at the Time of Peter Robinson.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 95 (March 2007): 17–26.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, CG, CGL, FASG.Which Marie Louise is ‘Mariotte’? Sorting Slaves of Common Names.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 94 (September 2006): 183-204.

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Family Histories

The following work samples are presented in chronological order, newest to oldest.

Henderson, Harold A., CG.A Stitch In Time: Female Descendants of Polly Holmes (1805–1839) of Madison County.New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 148 (2017): 173-190.

Wilds, Scott M., CG.Three Generations: From West Africa to the Great Migration.” (Online publication, 2017).

Graham, Paul K., CG, AG.A Love Story Proved: The Life and Family of Laura Lavinia (Kelly) Combs of Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 101 (December 2013): 245-266.

Bittner, F. Warren, CG.Without Land, Occupation, Rights, or Marriage Privilege: The Buttner Family from Bavaria to New York.National Genealogical Society Quarterly 100 (September 2012): 165-187.

Lenzen, Connie Miller, CG.The Maternal Line of Elizabeth (Niesz) Titus.” (2007).

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Client Agreements

A genealogist performing research for others is well-advised to have a written agreement for services. Moreover, the research report for another person submitted as part of a BCG portfolio must contain the permission of the person for whom the report was prepared. Sample agreements for these purposes — to be used only as a springboard for analysis and discussion and not as a substitute for consulting with an attorney licensed to practice in the relevant jurisdictions — may be found here:

Client Release

Client Agreement

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