Saturday, October 27, 2012

BCG: Trustees and Website Changes Announced

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Please address all inquiries to

BCG IN THE NEWS: Trustees and Website Changes Announced
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, announced trustee changes to the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), effective 14 October 2012. Yearly elections bring new or incumbent trustees to the board for three-year terms. Going off the board this year are:

Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, of Missouri
Barbara Mathews, CG, of Massachusetts
Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG, of California
Willis H. White, CG, of Virginia

According to President Powell, "We heartily thank those who are leaving their trustee positions for their service to the board. We trust that they will continue to contribute to the many facets of genealogical research, scholarship, and activities and wish them well in all future endeavors."

The fifteen current members of BCG’s Board of Trustees are:

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, of Pennsylvania, President,
Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG, of Pennsylvania, Vice-president
Dawne Slater-Putt, CG, of Indiana, Secretary
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, of Illinois, Treasurer
Stefani Evans, CG, of Nevada, Executive Committee Member-at-Large
CindyLee Butler Banks, CG, AG®, of Nebraska
Warren Bittner, CG, of Utah
Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, of New York
Victor S. Dunn, CG, of Virginia
Alison Hare, CG, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, of Virginia
David McDonald, CG, of Wisconsin
Debra S. Mieszala, CG, of Illinois
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, of Tennessee
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, of New Jersey

Many people wonder if board certification is for them. To address this question, BCG is placing website help in the form of a new certification seminar and several audio testimonials of which three are currently available at We hope you will enjoy hearing from the immediate past president, David McDonald, CG; a librarian, Beth Stahr, CG; and a professional genealogist, Michael Hait, CG, who offer their reasons for seeking certification. Testimonials rotate periodically, so please check back to hear more.

The Certification Seminar is a one-hour presentation that explains in detail what is expected of applicants when they assemble a portfolio and what applicants can expect of the certification process. Presented by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, and David McDonald, CG, it was taped in August 2012 by FamilySearch and is also a part of its Learning Center video library. BCG would like to thank FamilySearch for making this video possible. Societies and individuals are invited to view the seminar at

Founded in 1964, the mission of the Board for Certification of Genealogists is to foster public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet that standard. The publication The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual sets forth the currently accepted standards for all areas of genealogical research.

Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CG and CGL are proprietary service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency and evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates. The Board’s name is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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