The trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 7 October 2017. Five candidates were elected to a three-year term: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG; Stefani Evans, CG; Nancy A. Peters, CG; Allen R. Peterson, CG; and Karen Stanbary, CG.

The BCG Officers for 2017–2018 are Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, President; Stefani Evans, CG, Vice President; LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, Treasurer; Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, Secretary; and Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, Member-at-Large.

BCG would like to acknowledge the service of Harold Henderson, CG and David McDonald, D.Min., CG. Harold Henderson served one three-year term as a trustee and served on a variety of committees. David McDonald served the maximum three terms (nine years in all), as President from 2010–2012, and as Secretary from 2015–2017. He also served on a variety of committees, some before he was elected as a trustee.

BCG would like to further acknowledge Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, for serving the last three years as President (2014–2017). Jeanne also served as Treasurer from 2010–2014. She was elected to her final three-year term as a trustee and will serve on the BCG executive committee as immediate past president for 2017–2018.

The BCG lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City were well attended, both in person and as web broadcasts through Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Registrations ranged from around 300 to over 1000. Unfortunately, family circumstances prevented Jeanne Larzalere Bloom from presenting her lecture. BCG is working to reschedule her presentation for a future date.

BCG trustees honored Brenda Dougall Merriman with Emeritus status. Brenda has maintained her BCG certification for 38 years and has been a well-known advocate of genealogy standards in Canada. She authored About Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Genealogists, published in 1997 and updated three times. She first earned her certification in 1979, served as a trustee from 1998 to 2004, and was one of the contributors to The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual published in 2000.

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Cari A. Taplin, CG
BCG News Release Coordinator

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