BCG offers free webinar on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Marks and signatures can be highly effective tools when researchers are attempting to untangle the identities of our forebears. But how do you know whether the signature in front of you is original? Can you still use it as evidence in your case even if it’s not?

These questions and more are answered by looking at the fundamental concepts of source and evidence analysis. Once you know how to evaluate your sources, we’ll go over a few records to look at when searching for those marks and signatures in your own research. And finally, we’ll look at some examples of published articles which incorporate the use of marks and signatures.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Their Mark Here: Signatures and Marks as Identifying Tools” by Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG®. This webinar airs Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Nicole LaRue

Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG® is a full-time professional genealogist with published articles in NGS Magazine and National Genealogical Quarterly (NGSQ). Nicole has served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and presented at national conferences, in addition to teaching at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Her special interests include researching women, “brick-wall” obstacles, and paleography.

When you register before November 15th on 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.

“We appreciate the opportunity to present these high-quality educational webinars,” said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG®. “At BCG, our purpose is to promote public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence. These webinars help to achieve that by providing educational opportunities to family historians of all levels of experience.”

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