Stefani Evans

Photograph of the Las Vegas monorail train on the track to the convention center © 2013 Stefani Evans; used with permission.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists is pleased to again partner with the National Genealogical Society in presenting the Skillbuilding track, a series of lectures that address research standards, techniques, and methodology. The lectures are intended for researchers who want to improve their skills. Among the topics for 2013 are English and American handwriting and vocabulary, evaluating family artifacts, and congressional records and emigrant guides as genealogical sources.

Skillbuilding lectures first appeared at the 1996 NGS conference in Nashville and were part of some NGS and FGS conferences in the following years. Since 2005 BCG and NGS have jointly presented full four-day tracks of lectures for conference attendees. As BCG’s Conference Coordinator, Kay Haviland Freilich, CGSM, CGLSM, former BCG president, designs the series of lectures in conjunction with the NGS conference chair.

To learn more about the BCG Skillbuilding Track at NGS 2013, check out the conference blog at That posting contains a full schedule with session numbers, speakers, and titles.

Graphic courtesy of the National Genealogical Society.