BCG Offers Free Webinar Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 8 p.m. Eastern

Many couples chose to marry in a location away from their home. Often there were reasons why it was a more convenient location to tie the knot. Sometimes, this decision was based on a romantic location or a place that would allow them to marry quickly without a waiting period. These locations are often referred to as Gretna Greens, after the historic town in Scotland where thousands of English couples ran because of Scotland’s sympathetic marriage laws. We will consider the reason for a different marriage location, alternate sources to determine the location, and a few of the towns known as “Gretna Greens” in the United States.

J. Mark Lowe, CG®, FUGA

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree will present “Marriages Here, There, and Nowhere: Finding Gretna Greens and Borders,” by J. Mark Lowe, CG®, FUGA, live and free to the public, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, December 17, 2019. In order to accommodate those who might have schedule conflicts, the webinar may be accessed at no charge for a week after the broadcast on our partner website Legacy Family Tree Webinars (

J. Mark Lowe, CG®, FUGA, is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer specializing in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Lowe also serves as the course coordinator for “Research in the South” at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2, Who Do You Think You Are? and UnXplained Events.

Mark has published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Genealogical Speakers’ Guild’s SPEAK!, and several local society publications. He is the author of Robertson County Tennessee Marriage Book 2 1859-1873. He was formerly the President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Vice President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and President of the Southern Kentucky Genealogical Society. Mark holds the Certified Genealogist credential and is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Society. He was awarded the Graham T. Smallwood award by the Association of Professional Genealogists.

“The Board for Certification of Genealogists is pleased to present these high-quality educational webinars,” said President LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠. “BCG provides educational offerings to family historians of all levels of experience, and promotes public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence.”

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