What is Genealogical Certification?
Become a Certified Genealogist®
Why Hire a BCG Associate?

Incorporated in 1964, BCG is an independent, not-for-profit certifying body that is nationally and internationally recognized. BCG promotes ethics and standards through its certification program and publications. These publications include Genealogy Standards; The BCG Application Guide; OnBoard, its newsletter; and SpringBoard, its blog. BCG also promotes ethics and standards through skillbuilding lectures at national conferences, through seminars, and through webinars.

Certification results from evaluation of work samples in a portfolio submission. For each certification category, BCG requires different materials. Applicants are evaluated on standards for documenting, standards for researching, and standards for writing. Three to four evaluators independently assess each application. Certification says a practitioner has met the rigorous standards for knowledge and competence of the field.

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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 […]

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

“Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA” by Patti Lee Hobbs, CG


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Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

“From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day’s Neighbors Bring Him Home” by Catherine B. Wiest […]

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Presenting: BCG at RootsTech

RootsTech 2018 gets underway today in Salt Lake City, with more than 14,000 pre-registered attendees from all 50 states and 42 countries — and the […]