OnBoard Articles

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BCG’s newsletter OnBoard is published three times a year. It is distributed free to preliminary applicants, associates, and retired associates, and is available by subscription to others. Articles include news, skillbuilding, and access to unique source types.

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A Look at BCG’s Evaluation System
Alison Hare, CG

OnBoard  23 (May 2017): 9–10, 15.

Genealogy Ethics and the Call for Diversity
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

OnBoard  23 (January 2017): 5–7.

The Role of Background Context in Document Analysis
Melinda Daffin Henningfield, CG

OnBoard  23 (January 2017): 1–2.

Standards and Forensic Genealogy
Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG

OnBoard  22 (September 2016): 17–18, 23.

Reporting Research in Progress
Michael Grant Hait Jr., CG

OnBoard  22 (May 2016): 13-14.

Planning Effective Research
Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG

OnBoard  21 (September 2015): 17-18, 23.

Anatomy of a Failure: What I Learned from My First Portfolio
Harold Henderson, CG

OnBoard  21 (May 2015): 13.

The Ethics of DNA Testing
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

OnBoard  21 (January 2015): 1-2, 7.

DNA and the Reasonably Exhaustive Search
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

OnBoard  20 (January 2014): 1–2, 7.

Evidence Correlation
Stefani Evans, CG

OnBoard  18 (September 2012): 21–23.

Data Analysis
Stefani Evans, CG

OnBoard  18 (May 2012): 13–14.

Perils of Source Snobbery
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  18 (May 2012): 9–10, 15.

A Primer on the Use of BCG Trademarks

Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG

OnBoard  17 (May 2011): 9–10.

Focused Versus Diffuse Research
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  17 (September 2011): 17–18.

Effective Writing and Editing
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA

OnBoard  16 (September 2010): 21–22.

The Genealogical Proof Standard: How Simple Can It Be?
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  16 (September 2010): 17–18, 20.

It’s Not That Hard to Write Proof Arguments
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS

OnBoard  15 (September 2009): 20–23.

Proof Arguments
Laura A. Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS

OnBoard  15 (January 2009): 1–3.

Overlooked Resources: Business, Organizational, and Institutional Records
Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL

OnBoard  13 (September 2007): 22–23.

Passport Applications: A Rich Genealogical Resource
Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG, FMGS

OnBoard  13 (May 2007): 13, 15.

Tax Lists: A Goldmine of Information
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS

OnBoard  12 (September 2006): 17–18.

Before Death Certificates: Furniture Dealers and Cabinetmakers as Death Sources
Charles S. Mason, Jr., CG

OnBoard  12 (May 2006): 14–15.

Structural Elements of a Good Genealogy
Barbara J. Mathews, CG

OnBoard  12 (January 2006): 1–2.

Background Information: An Overlooked Research Tool
Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS

OnBoard  11 (September 2005): 17–18.

Evaluating Web Resources
Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG

OnBoard  10 (May 2004): 12–13.

Date Calculations
Amy Larner Giroux, Ph.D., CG, CGL

OnBoard  9 (May 2003): 12–13.

Note: for a more technical treatment, see Barbara Levergood, “Calculating and Using Dates and Date Ranges,” NGSQ 102 (March 2014): 51–75.

Using the Compilations of Others
Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL

OnBoard  7 (September 2001): 20–21.

Converting Records into Reliable Copies
Helen F.M. Leary, CG, CGL

OnBoard  5 (May 1999): 20.

Polishing Our Everyday Writing
Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS

OnBoard  4 (September 1998): 24.

Good Genealogical Writing
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  4 (May 1998): 16.

Censuses—Often-Overlooked Basics
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  4 (January 1998): 8.

Evidence Revisited—DNA, POE, and GPS
Helen F.M. Leary, CG, CGL

OnBoard  4 (January 1998): 1–2, 5.

Note: some dated terminology, but an important explanation why genealogists no longer use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard.

Analyzing and Reviewing Published Sources
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  3 (May 1997): 16.

Producing Quality Research Notes
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  3 (January 1997): 8.

Transcribing Source Materials
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  2 (January 1996): 8.

Citing Your Sources
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  1 (September 1995): 24.

Analyzing Wills for Useful Clues
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  1 (May 1995): 16.

Analyzing Deeds for Useful Clues
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

OnBoard  1 (January 1995): 8.