The Board for Certification of Genealogists extends its congratulations to Board-certified genealogist Rachal Mills Lennon of Tennessee on her election as a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) at the society’s 2017 annual meeting. She is the society’s 167th fellow. The ASG, founded in 1940 and limited to fifty life-time members, promotes the highest standards of genealogical publishing and scholarship.

Rachal Mills Lennon

Rachal Mills Lennon, CG, FASG

Election to the ASG is based on “the quality of a genealogist’s published work. Emphasis is upon compiled genealogies and published works that demonstrate an ability to use primary source material; to evaluate and analyze data; to properly document evidence; and to reach sound, logical conclusions presented in a clear and proper manner.”[1]

Rachal is the author, editor, and compiler of six books and numerous articles published in The American Genealogist and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. She won the National Genealogical Society Quarterly Award of Excellence for best journal article in 2005, 2010, and 2016. Her book, Tracing Ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians Prior to Removal (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002), is a groundbreaking guide to that difficult area of research. Rachal’s findings were featured in Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club selection Cane River by Lalita Tademy.

A Board-certified genealogist since 1986, Rachel specializes in solutions to challenging research problems of the American South, especially those involving African Americans, Native Americans, and white yeoman farmers. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Alabama in architectural history, historic preservation, and American history, with emphasis on the Southern frontier.

Rachal joins the prestigious ranks of ASG Fellows who include Board-certified genealogists Melinde Lutz Byrne of New Hampshire, Frederick C. Hart Jr. of Connecticut, Helen Hinchliff of British Columbia in Canada, Henry B. Hoff of Virginia, Thomas W. Jones of New York, Roger D. Joslyn of New York, Barbara Mathews of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Shown Mills of Tennessee, William Bart Saxbe Jr. of Massachusetts, Clifford L. Stott of Utah, and Helen S. Ullmann of Massachusetts, as well as BCG emeritus associates John Frederick Dorman of Virginia, Ronald Ames Hill of Idaho, Helen F. M. Leary of North Carolina, Christine Rose of California, and Neil D. Thompson of Utah.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Rachal Mills Lennon, CG, FASG!


[1] “About the ASG,” American Society of Genealogists ( : viewed 2 November 2017).