At the May meeting, the trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists honored two former associates who had long and distinguished careers with Emeritus status. “The Board is building on the foundations and on the contributions of our former associates,” said BCG president Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. “We are pleased to grant Emeritus status to Gale Williams Bamman and Marie Varrelman Melchiori. We are grateful for their years of service, their contributions to the genealogical community, and their deep experience and expertise.”
With 42 years of dedication to BCG's goals and standards Bamman was the longest actively-credentialed associate. Over this time, she has held the credentials CGRS, CALS, CG, and CGL, and published in major journals. She served as BCG president and labored mightily in founding, chairing, and setting the tone for the Critique Review Committee beginning in 2005. She published articles in major journals and is now devoting her time to finishing a long-term book project.
Melchiori was first certified as CGRS in 1980. In the thirty-five years since, she consistently worked as a full-time researcher and lecturer, dutifully recertifying every five years and earning her CGL certification in 1995. Over that time she also served BCG in many roles, most notably acting as an unofficial bridge between BCG and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) from the 1980s to the present, promoting BCG to NARA, and serving as “the voice of federal records” to the genealogical community. She has taught at the National Institute for Genealogical Research since 1987, and taught military research at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She served as BCG trustee 2000-2006 and as a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists 1991-1999. APG conferred on her the Graham Thomas Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit in 1999. She was also active as a volunteer with NARA and the National Genealogical Society. Her articles for the NGS Magazine included coverage of Confederate, FBI, and War of 1812 records.
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