Genealogical proof requires “reasonably exhaustive research,” preferably using original documents. Interpreting and transcribing handwritten records are essential skills for genealogists. Skills can be honed by working with a variety of pre-twentieth century American documents that are commonly encountered by genealogical researchers.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree will present “Transcribing Documents: There is More than Meets the Eye!” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, CG®, CGL℠, live and free to the public at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, 16 April 2019. To accommodate those who might have schedule conflicts, the webinar can be accessed at no charge for a week after the broadcast.

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, CG®, CGL℠, is a full-time genealogist, teacher, and writer. Her research centers on African American families that survived American slavery. She has published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and published a guide for researching African Americans in her home county in South Carolina. She was a course coordinator at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, is a mentor for ProGen 37, and is a facilitator for Boston University’s online genealogical program. LaBrenda is Registrar General for the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a national lineage society that honors ancestors who were enslaved in the United States. She retired from a 35-year career as a tax lawyer, including service on the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress. A BCG trustee, she serves as its Treasurer.

“We are pleased to sponsor high-quality educational webinars by BCG associates,” said President Rick Sayre, CG®, CGL℠, FUGA. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists promotes public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence. These webinars are part of our effort to provide educational opportunities to family historians of all levels of experience.”

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