Tuesday, 21 April 2015, Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG, will present “Certified or Certifiable? Why a Genealogist Would Go Through All that Trouble.”

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG

It’s no secret that becoming Board-certified is a great deal of work. There is no guarantee that an applicant will attain that goal on the first (or even second) attempt. So why do genealogists seek certification? What are the benefits of becoming Board-certified? What does it mean to do genealogical work to a higher standard? How can the effort to prepare an application reap rewards (personal and financial)?

The Board for Certification of Genealogists will present a webinar on this subject free to the public on Tuesday, 21 April 2015, at 8pm EDT. Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG, will offer some answers to these questions and some suggestions for how to prepare before “starting the clock.”

Jean has been involved in family research for over thirty-five years. She is the director of the Corona, California, Family History Center and a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She served as lead researcher on the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow in 2013. Jean is also on the boards of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, the California State Genealogical Alliance, and the Corona Genealogical Society. She maintains a website at www.circlemending.org, and has been known to call square dances and play the guitar. A native of the Chicago suburbs and retired college professor, she writes frequently for various genealogy publications and is nationally recognized for her informative and entertaining presentations.

Seating is limited for this free webinar. Register early and sign in early to avoid the disappointment of finding all the seats already taken. Registration by itself does not guarantee a seat; it only assures access to the link to sign in.

To register for Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG, “Certified or Certifiable? Why a Genealogist Would Go Through All that Trouble,” to be presented on 21 April 2015, at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT, 6pm MDT, 5pm PDT), go to 

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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.