Adherence to standards is imperative for anyone who endeavors to reach credible genealogical conclusions. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) publishes the field’s only comprehensive set of criteria (standards) for evaluating genealogical work products. Significantly, application of the standards set forth in BCG’s publication is not limited to those who aspire to obtain the Certified Genealogist® credential—they are community-wide standards used in producing family histories, client reports, blogs, and other offerings.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Why Standards Are for Everyone,” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠, FASG. This webinar airs Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠, FASG, earned a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University. She enjoyed a 35-year career as a tax lawyer before her 2013 retirement from a partner-level position at the big four accounting firm of EY, and is now a full-time genealogist focused on teaching and writing about methodology and African American families that survived American slavery. She has served as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® since 2016, and was BCG President from 2019-2022. LaBrenda also serves as the Registrar General of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a national lineage society that honors ancestors who were enslaved in the United States. In 2021 LaBrenda was elected as the 170th Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists (ASG), the field’s honorary scholarly society founded in 1940 and limited to fifty life-time members. She coordinates the African American Track at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), in addition to teaching various subjects at SLIG, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research. For more information see her website

When you register before November 21st 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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