BCG Trustee News

The following announcement was written by the Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

bcg-logoThe Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 9 October 2016. Three new trustees joined the Board: LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, and David S. Ouimette, CG, CGL. After many years of devoted service, Donn Devine, CG resigned as BCG’s General Counsel. Michael Ramage, JD, CG was appointed to fill that position.

The BCG Officers for 2016-2017 are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, President; Stefani Evans, CG, Vice President; David McDonald, D. Min., CG, Secretary; Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Treasurer; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, Member-at-large.

Changes affecting renewal applications were among items approved at the meeting. Beginning in June 2017 BCG associates who are renewing their certification will need to submit no more than three work samples rather than the current four. Portfolio size will also be capped at 150 pages. Effective immediately, renewal applications will be evaluated by two judges rather than the current three, with an arbiter making the final decision whenever the two judges disagree. This level of review is considered sufficient for individuals who have already attained certification. Individuals who are submitting an initial application for certification will continue to have the benefit of feedback from three judges. A revised application guide incorporating the changes will be released in January 2017.

BCG-sponsored luncheon speakers for next year’s national conferences have been announced. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, will speak on “Condemnation of Memory: Recalling that African American Genealogy Is American Genealogy” at the NGS conference. Harold Henderson, CG, will give a talk titled “Back to the Future with a Self-Driving Car: Genealogy in 2117″ at the FGS conference.

The Family History Library lecture series coordinated by Dawne Slater, CG was very successful. Registrations for broadcast of the six lectures ranged from 500 to 1,400, and the number of seats filled for the broadcast ranged from 455 to 980.

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One Comment

Can anyone give me a “ballpark” est of how long it would take to get certified? I have been researching for about 20 years, am a frequent speaker and have done some research for a few clients. Thanks for any input you can provide.


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