The Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 2 May 2018.

The BCG Trustees announced the retirement of Nicki Peak Birch, CG®, as of 30 June 2018. Birch served as the Executive Director for seven years and was honored with an award and cash bonus.

The trustees also debated a proposal to update genealogy standards to incorporate standards related to genetic genealogy. As a result of this discussion BCG intends to move forward with the integration of genetic genealogy into Genealogy Standards. As noted yesterday in the post “Proposed DNA Standards for Public Comment” (, the Trustees directed that the committee’s proposal be published for public comment. The proposed standards can be viewed at . The public comment period ends on 23 July 2018. Fill out the survey at this link ( ) by 23 July 2018. Due to the expected volume of comments, BCG will not be able to acknowledge or respond to individual comments.

The words Certified Genealogist and letters CG are registered certification marks, and the designations CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.