Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Oral Genealogy in Asia-Pacific: The Essence of Personal Identity and Tribal Connections by David S. Ouimette, CG, CGL

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Oral Genealogy in Asia-Pacific: The Essence of Personal Identity and Tribal Connections by David S. Ouimette, CG, CGL

Oral genealogies celebrate ancestral connections in indigenous cultures across Asia-Pacific. As one paramount chief in Samoa declared, “The most important thing for children to understand is their family connections. The knowledge of history is their treasure—not gold and silver, but genealogy.” Learn about the significance and richness of oral genealogies and current efforts to preserve them in Asia and the Pacific.

About the presenter

David Ouimette, Certified Genealogist®, Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠, manages Content Strategy for Asia and the Pacific at FamilySearch, prioritizing records of genealogical value for digital preservation and online publication. His team prioritizes camera placement and targets records for preservation in national, regional, and local archives. David has researched in several hundred archives in over sixty countries spanning all continents. Previously, David was product manager at Ancestry.com, responsible for family trees, United States records, DNA testing, and the search experience. David regularly lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes. He serves as a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has served as Vice President of the Utah Genealogical Association and on the board of the National Genealogical Society. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from Brigham Young University, has contributed articles to many magazines and journals, and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide. David and his wife, Deanna, live in Highland, Utah, are the parents of eight children, and have seven grandchildren.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Editing Your Own Writing – Part 2 by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Editing Your Own Writing – Part 2 by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG

Genealogists write. Their written narratives include stories of ancestral families, biographies of individual ancestors, and explanations supporting genealogical proofs. For their writing to succeed, genealogists—like all effective writers—repeatedly self-edit everything they write. The process results in polished products that the genealogist’s readers will understand, enjoy, and cherish.

Emphasizing genealogical narrative, these two webinars will address the self-editing process. Part 1 will focus on “big-picture” editing, including stages of self-editing; focus; keeping the writer out of the narrative; editing the writing’s overall structure, organization, and flow; and improving major and minor subdivisions of written genealogical narratives, including paragraphing. Part 2 will focus on “nitty-gritty” editing, including capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, word choice, and reducing word count.

About the presenter

Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2003 through 2018, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994. A professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom teaches genealogical research methods at week-long genealogy institutes. He also speaks at national, regional, and local seminars in the United States and internationally, and he writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and problem solving.

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BCG Announces 2024 Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series

We are pleased to once again host the Joy Reisinger Lecture Series for the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) on Friday, October 11, 2024. The five classes will be taught live at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City and will be simultaneously broadcast via our webinar platform. See the full announcement and registration link below.

BCG Announces 2024 Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series

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11 October 2024 starting at 9:30 a.m. MDT (11:30 a.m. EDT, 4:30 p.m. GMT)


The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will host five lectures as this year’s Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series on 11 October 2024. The lecture series will be available in person and also as live-stream webinars in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. To attend in person, all sessions will be held in Classroom B and C on the main floor of the FamilySearch Library on Friday, 11 October 2024. To view the full descriptions for all five sessions and to watch the live-stream webinar in October, register at https://familytreewebinars.com/Reisinger.

The hour-long webinars begin at 9:30 a.m. MDT (11:30 a.m. EDT and 4:30 p.m. GMT) and continue throughout the day. Five leading genealogists will speak on topics related to the Genealogical Proof Standard, resolving conflicting evidence, and analyzing data. .

The lecture series is presented annually in memory of BCG’s former trustee and vice president, Joy Reisinger, who began the series for Family History Library staff during BCG’s fall board meetings. Joy was an advocate for open records access, a lecturer on research methods, and an expert on Canadian resources, especially those of Quebec.

Speakers for the day will be:

9:30 a.m. MDT. “Rubik’s Cube Genealogy: A New Twist on Your Old Data,” Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGL℠.

10:45 a.m. MDT. “Probate Power: Parents for Charles, a Father for Phoebe,” Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG®.

1:30 p.m. MDT. “Evidence Mining & Context: Powerful Tools to Dig Deep,” Rebecca Koford, CG®, CGL℠.

2:45 p.m. MDT. “Strategies for Resolving Conflicting Evidence,” Angela Packer McGhie, CG®, FUGA.

4:00 p.m. MDT. “Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to Researching Enslaved Families,” Michael G. Hait, Jr., CG®, AG®.

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

 

 


Maternal Threads Unwoven: Identifying Margareta’s Mother in 18th Century Sweden — free replay of tonight's BCG webinar by Jill Morelli, CG, CGL, now available for limited time

Maternal Threads Unwoven: Identifying Margareta’s Mother in 18th Century Sweden — free replay of tonight's BCG webinar by Jill Morelli, CG, CGL, now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and Jill Morelli, CG, CGL, "Maternal Threads Unwoven: Identifying Margareta’s Mother in 18th Century Sweden" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

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In spite of birth entries for Margareta’s five siblings in Hishult, there was no record of her birth in the parish. Tax records quickly identified the father, and revealed multiple moves within a narrow span of time; however, identification of the mother remained elusive. No witnesses to births of the children provided clues; no household examinations existed. Coupling the understanding of broad context (naming patterns, inheritance laws, the calendar shift, etc.) with mtDNA and documentary evidence, the mother was identified and the lack of a records was explained.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Maternal Threads Unwoven: Identifying Margareta’s Mother in 18th Century Sweden by Jill Morelli, CG, CGL

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In spite of birth entries for Margareta’s five siblings in Hishult, there was no record of her birth in the parish. Tax records quickly identified the father, and revealed multiple moves within a narrow span of time; however, identification of the mother remained elusive. No witnesses to births of the children provided clues; no household examinations existed. Coupling the understanding of broad context (naming patterns, inheritance laws, the calendar shift, etc.) with mtDNA and documentary evidence, the mother was identified and the lack of a records was explained.

About the presenter

Jill Morelli, CG, CGL is a “Roots” genealogist, becoming interested in family history in the 1970’s with the Alex Haley show. At that time, she just collected “stuff.” After a hiatus during which she had a family and volunteered in her community, Jill came back to genealogy with a vengeance in February 2002 and a total commitment to “doing it right.” She is the founder of the Certification Discussion Group which shares tips and strategies for BCG portfolio building, and a co-founder of Applied Genealogy Institute, whose motto is “Learn by Doing”. She has been published in a variety of publications including NGSQ, Swedish American Genealogist and others. Jill is past president of Seattle GS and is co-chair of the SGS Centennial 2023.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Metes & Bounds Land Plats Solve Genealogical Problems by Jerry Smith, CG

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Metes & Bounds Land Plats Solve Genealogical Problems by Jerry Smith, CG

This session provides a brief overview of metes and bounds land descriptions seen in deeds, mortgages, patents, grants, and other land documents. The land descriptions are an essential part of land research. This presentation discusses metes and bounds land descriptions and how the metes and bounds can solve genealogical problems.

About the presenter

Gerald (Jerry) Smith, CG, researches in Pennsylvania families. He is the IGHR and SLIG course coordinator for the week-long land platting course. He is on faculty for IGHR, SLIG, and GRIP teaching topics in the military, maps, and land record institutes. He has published a number of books and articles, including abstracts of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Court of Quarter Sessions records. While he resided and researched for many years in Pennsylvania, he recently moved to Illinois to make sure his granddaughter grows up appreciating her family history.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS): A Review by Shannon Green, CG

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS): A Review by Shannon Green, CG

 

About the presenter

Shannon Green, CG, is a genealogy researcher, writer, and educator. She started looking into her ancestry in 2010 and has been debunking family lore, overturning family traditions, and wrecking the idealized version of her family history ever since. Her research is primarily focused on extending her female lines. She earned the Certified Genealogist credential in 2017 and renewed her credential in 2022. Shannon serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and as a trustee for the BCG Education Fund and is a former instructor for Boston University’s Genealogy Principles course. Her articles have been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the NYG&B Record, and the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and the National Genealogical Society Magazine, among others. She has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Shannon lives in Greenwood Village, Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Finding Sophia’s Family: A Case of Fratricide and Forgotten Identity by Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Finding Sophia’s Family: A Case of Fratricide and Forgotten Identity by Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL

A quarrel between brothers turns into tragedy. The murdered man’s young widow and children leave their rural home for city life, never returning. Former family connections are forgotten in time. This webinar illustrates the case of finding the birth family of a mid-nineteenth-century South Carolina widow who left her family’s homeplace. No record provides an exact birthplace or fully identifies her parents. Learn how widow Sophia’s forgotten identity was reconstructed by understanding the era’s social context, creating and testing hypotheses, and conducting whole family research.

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A board-certified genealogist, Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, coedited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) from 2019 to 2022. She served two terms as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a former editor of its publication, OnBoard. Nancy has conducted research to solve complex identity and kinship problems for clients. Her personal and client research focuses primarily on England, Germany, New York, and southeastern United States. She lectures at local and national conferences and is an instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the BCG Education Fund on skill-building topics and genealogy standards. Her work has been published in NGSQ and other genealogical journals. She authored the “Research Reports” chapter in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice, & Standards (2018).

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Why Standards Are for Everyone— free replay of tonight's BCG webinar by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG now available for limited time

Why Standards Are for Everyone— free replay of tonight's BCG webinar by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG now available for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG, "Why Standards Are for Everyone” is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG for free for a limited time.

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Adherence to standards is imperative for anyone who endeavors to reach credible genealogical conclusions. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) publishes the field’s only comprehensive set of criteria (standards) for evaluating genealogical work products. Significantly, application of the standards set forth in BCG’s publication is not limited to those who aspire to obtain the Certified Genealogist® credential—they are community-wide standards used in producing family histories, client reports, blogs, and other offerings.

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Register for Tuesday's BCG webinar — Why Standards Are for Everyone by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, FASG

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Adherence to standards is imperative for anyone who endeavors to reach credible genealogical conclusions. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)publishes the field’s only comprehensive set of criteria(standards)for evaluating genealogical work products. Significantly, application of the standards set forth in BCG’s publication is not limited to those who aspire to obtain the Certified Genealogist® credential—they are community wide standards used in producing family histories, client reports ,blogs, and other offerings.

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LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson was elected as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) in 2016 and served as President from 2019-2022. She was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in October 2021. She enjoyed a 35-year career as a tax lawyer before her 2013 retirement as a partner from the big four accounting firm of EY. She is most proud of her service on the staff of the bipartisan, bicameral, Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress where she helped to craft the historical Tax Reform Act of 1986. LaBrenda is now a full-time genealogist focused on teaching and writing. Her research centers on African American families that survived American slavery, primarily in the Carolinas. LaBrenda has published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, among other publications, and in 2016 she published a guide for researching African Americans in her home county in South Carolina, a book that was hailed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s long-running genealogy column as an important model for all counties of South Carolina and other states. LaBrenda earned a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from New York University. From 2017-2023, LaBrenda served as the 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 before 1870. She completed ProGen 13 and served as the mentor of ProGen 37. LaBrenda is the SLIG Course Coordinator for the African American track, and is also on the faculty of the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. See https://www.LabGarrettGenealogy.com.

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