BCG offers free webinar on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Every document that is used during genealogical research must be thoroughly and accurately analyzed.
Abstracting is a fundamental part of this research and analyzing process. Yet many genealogists are not confident in their ability to perform this task effectively and efficiently. This causes researchers to avoid the abstracting process resulting in research errors.

An abstract is a summary of all the important details in a document. This presentation will examine the abstracting process by using examples that show how to abstract a variety of documents, general guidelines for abstracting, what to include and what to eliminate when creating an abstract, and lastly will explore some problems that might be encountered while abstracting.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Abstracting Documents: An Essential Skill for All Genealogists” by Julie Miller, CG®. This webinar airs Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Julie Miller

Julie Miller, CG® holds Certified Genealogist (CG) and Certified Genealogical Speaker (CGL) credentials and is a fellow of the National Genealogical Society. She is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer who lives in Colorado. Julie speaks on a wide variety of genealogy subjects both locally and nationally. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ and NGS Magazine. Julie was the NGS interim Education Manager (2018), was a member of the NGS conference committee for twelve years, and volunteered at NARA-Denver for twenty-one years.

When you register before September 20th 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.

“Every month the Board for Certification of Genealogists offers a new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to promote excellence in research and working to standards in an ethical manner,” says President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠, FASG. “These webinars are presented by certified associates and offer a quality genealogical educational experience.”

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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.