BCG Education Fund: 2017 Putting Skills to Work workshop

The BCG Education Fund announces speakers and topics for the 2017 Putting Skills to Work workshop, Tuesday, 9 May 2017, prior to the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The workshop is designed to help all researchers perform more efficient and effective research; solve difficult problems, and present well-reasoned conclusions. Morning and afternoon sessions provide a full day of instruction.

The registration fee of $110 includes lunch, hands‐on exercises, syllabus, handouts and active class participation. NGS Conference registration is not required. Workshop registration is provided through the NGS Conference registration site at

Nancy A. Peters, CG, will lead the session “Make Your Case: Correlating Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems.” Are you facing what seems like a brick wall in your research? Solutions to complex kinship and identity problems require skill in working with direct, indirect, and negative evidence. This session provides practical methods and hands-on experience in correlating evidence to recognize patterns, connections, and inconsistencies that will help you make your case. Prerequisite: working knowledge of core record types—census, probate, land, and vital records—which are used in classroom exercises.

Sara A. Scribner, CG, will lead the session "Make Your Case: Constructing and Writing Proof Discussions." You solved your brick wall problem. But can you prove your case in writing to the toughest critic? This session deconstructs creating a convincing proof. Session participants learn to resolve conflicting evidence and construct proof discussions ranging from the self-evident to the complex. The session covers logic used in genealogical proof, and useful structures for writing a proof. Hands-on practice includes dissecting proofs written by published authors, and creating a practice proof for a personal genealogical problem.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Education Fund, founded in 2000 as an independent non-profit charitable trust, advances the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® by funding learning programs consistent with standards promulgated by the Board and by providing incentives for study and scholarly research in accordance with the Board's standards. For more information, see BCG Education Fund (