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.