Back To Genealogy School with BCG Webinars

Do you want to be the best genealogist you can be? To learn from the top teachers? Then don’t miss Monday and Wednesday Night Genealogy this fall!

The 50-year-old Board for Certification of Genealogists will present two free public webinars September 22 and October 15, starting each day at 8 pm Eastern time, 7 Central, 6 Mountain, and 5 Pacific.

On Monday, September 22, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, will discuss “Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories.” Updated, retitled, and reorganized, genealogy standards first published in 2000 are now available in a new edition (see for more). The webinar will describe the changes and what they mean for all family historians. Dr. Jones teaches at three genealogy institutes, co-edits the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof.

On Wednesday, October 15, Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, will explain “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation.” Requirement 7 of the BCG certification application asks for a Kinship Determination Project in which the applicant writes a three-generation narrative and explains how the relationships are documented. All genealogists do this regularly while placing relatives with their appropriate connections in the family tree. A familiar speaker at conferences across the country, Russell will coordinate the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in 2015.

These webinars will be appropriate for any genealogist who wants to improve and to learn about the field’s standards. Both speakers are trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, which recently published the book Genealogy Standards.

To sign up for the webinars, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at