Free BCG Webinar: James M. Baker on Solving Your Genealogy Puzzles

Free BCG Webinar: James M. Baker on Solving Your Genealogy Puzzles

2018-05-15T09:51:48+00:00March 15th, 2015|Webinars|13 Comments

James M. Baker, PhD, CG

On Tuesday, 17 March, James M. Baker, PhD, CG, will present “Elementary, My Dear Watson!  Solving Your Genealogy Puzzles with Clues You Already Have.”

What can a genealogist do when key direct evidence is missing or inadequate? The Board for Certification of Genealogists will present a webinar on this question free to the public at 8 p.m. EDT 17 March 2015.  James M. Baker, PhD, CG, will offer step-by-step approaches for using inferential and analytic thinking to solve these challenging genealogy problems, including the use of naming patterns, birth/marriage witness data, inheritance data, sibling research, timelines, and family migrations.

Mr. Baker, an active genealogist for the past fifteen years, completed the requirements to become a BCG associate in 2011. He specializes in German, Midwest U.S., and early American research. He was an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) and has contributed numerous articles to its quarterly, Der Blumenbaum. He also has written articles for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine and the NGS Quarterly.  He is a member of NGS and SGGS. For the past ten years, he has volunteered at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library. In 2014, he presented ten different webinars at the library that were webcast to other libraries throughout northern California; he also presented a recent webinar for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree community.  He has given more than 100 genealogy presentations during the past three years at local, regional, and national events.

Mr. Baker earned a PhD in sociology and social psychology from the University of Utah. He is retired from an aerospace and business management career in which he consulted for many large companies, including AT&T, Boeing, Cessna, Fiat, General Electric, Honeywell, Lockheed-Martin, Magnavox, Raytheon, and Unisys. He has been an adjunct professor of sociology at UCLA and USC. His most fun job was being the “piano-man” at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor.

There is no charge for the webinar, but space is limited. To register, go to

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: Nicki Birch, CG,

CG or Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.



  1. Sandra Johnson March 17, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I did not receive a link to this webinar. So trying to link in I found it was full.

    • Judy Kellar Fox March 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      It’s full already, and it was just announced! Wow! I believe there were some 500 attendees for the last one. The good thing is that we can look forward to the webinars being available online, eventually.

  2. Karen Fair March 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Very good. Where did he say you can go to print out the set of papers for this webinar? Thank you.

  3. Beth Benko March 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Since this webinar was so very popular – 100% over-subscribed – and on the same night and partially overlapping with an APG webinar, will it be rebroadcast at some time?

    • Judy Kellar Fox March 17, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      BCG webinars will eventually be made available online for a fee. Dates have not been set.

  4. Judi Van Riper March 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I was a little late tapping into the webinar. I enjoyed it, but if there are handouts I may have missed how to get to them. Thanks,

    • Judy Kellar Fox March 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

      My apologies, all, that the handout link is not in fact available from the BCG Office, which has been inundated with requests. Nicki does not have access to registrations.

  5. March 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    please let me know when this one will be broadcast again, as I’m one of those who could not get in. Plus it overlaped more than one webiner which made it hard to watch live.

    • Judy Kellar Fox March 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

      The webinars will not be rebroadcast live. Eventually they will be available to view online for a small fee. SpringBoard will post a link as soon as it becomes available.

  6. Debra Kerner March 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I registered for the webinar on the 15th and received my confirmation email & link. However, when I went to log in at 5 minutes till 8pm, I was very disappointed to discover that the session was full, and my previous registration meant nothing.

    • Judy Kellar Fox March 19, 2015 at 11:12 am

      It’s my understanding that this often happens with popular webinars. The BCG webinars are especially popular because they are free. You and I have both learned that signing on five minutes before start time is not enough.

  7. Dianne Holley March 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    This was an excellent webinar – and in this case, EXCELLENT isn’t enough of a superlative! I am hoping that Dr.Baker will either offer it again or make it available on a fee basis or provide handouts to those of us who were lucky enough to attend.

    • Judy Kellar Fox March 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      SpringBoard will let everyone know when the webinars will be available online.

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