The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) is pleased to announce three winners of Paul E. Sluby African American Scholarships for 2022. Scholarships will allow winners to attend one of five premier national genealogical institutes in 2023.

BCG established the Paul E. Sluby Sr. African American Scholarships in 2020. Each scholarship will cover up to $1,700 of institute tuition, travel, and lodging expenses. BCG will also waive its final application fee of $300 for scholarship recipients who submit portfolios of work to be considered for certification within three years of the announcement of an award.

The winners for 2022 are:

Viola Osborne Baskerville (Richmond, Virginia)
Ms. Baskerville is active in the Greater Richmond chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and as a volunteer with Historic Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond. Her research has included those interred at Historic Evergreen, and Reconstruction-era African American members of the Virginia Constitutional Convention. She is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and holds a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. She served as Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia.




Adam Paul (Decatur, Georgia)
Mr. Paul is working to become a professional genealogist. He is currently a clerk with the Ladson Genealogical Library in Vidalia, Georgia, where his interests include African American cemetery preservation and digitization. In his client work he seeks to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard. He has completed college coursework toward a degree in Genetics and Applied Science.





Guy Weston (Washington, District of Columbia)
Mr. Weston became editor of the Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society in January 2022. He has been active in documenting the history of the African American community Timbuctoo, New Jersey. He has published in the National Genealogical Society Magazine and New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. He has a master’s degree in bilingual-bicultural studies from LaSalle University.




“BCG is pleased to sponsor attendance at these high-quality educational offerings, with the goal of increasing the number of under-represented communities in the ranks of Certified Genealogists,” said President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠, FASG. “Thank you to all of the applicants who expressed interest in furthering their genealogical education. BCG would welcome a submission from you next year for 2023 scholarships.”

For more information on the scholarship program, see

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