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.

402, 2018

BCG Offers Free Webinar: “Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems” by Jill Morelli, CG

Swedish taxation records, a head tax of individuals between the ages of 15 and 63, are some of the oldest extant records of […]

1701, 2018

Can a Genetic Relationship Be Proved by DNA Alone?

Can a Genetic Relationship Be Proved by DNA Alone?

By Karen Stanbary, CG


The answer is a resounding No!

Sound genealogical conclusions rely on […]

1001, 2018

BCG Offers Free Webinar: “Finding Thomas’ Father: an 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study” by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

Thomas Stone left few records when he died in 1791 in Prince William County Virginia. No document or reference names his parentage. Finding […]

601, 2018

BCG Webinars for 2018

The Board for Certification of Genealogists is excited to present the following webinars through Legacy Family Tree Webinars for 2018:

January 16 – Pam Stone Eagleson, […]