How do you know when you have genealogical proof? You apply the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to your completed research. The GPS is how genealogists test conclusions – whether it is your research or other people’s research. Recognize why meeting the GPS is essential and when it is appropriate. Learn about the five interdependent components of the GPS. Understanding the GPS and being able to apply it will hone your research skills.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS): A Review,” by Shannon Green, CG®. This webinar airs Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Shannon Green, CG®, is a genealogy researcher, writer, and educator. She started looking into her ancestry in 2010 and has been debunking family lore, overturning family traditions, and wrecking the idealized version of her family history ever since. Her research is primarily focused on extending her female lines. She earned the Certified Genealogist credential in 2017 and renewed her credential in 2022. Shannon serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund and is a former instructor for Boston University’s Genealogy Principles course. Her articles have been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the NYG&B Record, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and the National Genealogical Society Magazine, among others. She has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Shannon lives in Greenwood Village, Colorado with her husband and three children..

When you register before January 16th with our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars (, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

“Education is one of the most significant ways of achieving BCG’s mission of promoting public confidence in genealogy through uniform standards of competence,” said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG®. “We appreciate this opportunity to provide these webinars that focus on the standards that help family historians of all levels practice good genealogy.”

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To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2024, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center at (

The words Certified Genealogist and its acronym, CG, are a registered certification mark, and the designations Certified Genealogical Lecturer and its acronym, CGL, are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

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