BCG offers free webinar on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 8:00 p.m. EST

Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research. The thorough research required by the Genealogical Proof Standard should not be undertaken in a haphazard manner. This webinar provides useful tips on developing an effective research plan, including the importance of crafting a focused research question and prioritizing potentially relevant sources.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Planning Research” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠, FASG. This webinar airs Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time (EST).

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠, FASG is a trustee and President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, as well as a Fellow of The American Society of Genealogists. She 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 the New York University School of Law. After working as a corporate tax attorney for thirty-five years, she turned her attention to her longtime avocation of genealogy and is now focused on writing and teaching. She also serves as 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 2016 she published A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and Selected Finding Aids, an award-winning book that was hailed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s long-running genealogy column as a model for researching African Americans in South Carolina and other states. She is also the author of the Alabama Guide in the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States series, published in 2021. She was the mentor of ProGen 37 and is the SLIG course coordinator for that institute’s African American genealogy track. She has also served on the faculty of other SLIG courses and three other institutes: the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research. Visit her website at

When you register before November 16 on our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars website (, 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.

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