BCG Education Fund
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.
Current activities are the Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series
presented semi-annually, Putting Skills
To Work presented annually, and the annual competition for
the Donald Mosher Memorial Award.
The Education Fund is always considering avenues for extending its
educational offerings, and suggestions are heartily welcomed.
Education Fund relies upon the generosity of contributors to support
its educational outreach to current and future genealogists. The
programs exist only because of that on-going generosity. Contributions
are tax-deductible, and may be mailed to:
BCG Education Fund
P. O. Box 14291
Washington, DC 20044
F. M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series
The series, initiated in 2007, honors Helen
F. M. Leary of North
Carolina, Certified Genealogist Emeritus and a Fellow of the American
Society of Genealogists, known for her richly informative and
entertaining lectures on methodology, law, writing, and the art of
her distinguished career, Helen F. M. Leary has worked to educate all
serious genealogists. Helen embodies personal and professional work
standards that the BCG Education Fund seeks to emulate and to instill
in those practicing the art and science of genealogy.
served twenty-three years as a Trustee of the Board for Certification
of Genealogists. She served as President from October 1989 to October
1994 and again from October 1998 to October 1999. She designed the
certification logos used today by Board-certified associates. With
Thomas W. Jones, Helen edited the BCG Genealogical Standards
She developed and coordinated the Professional Genealogy Track at
Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She
was editor and contributing author of North Carolina Research,
a unique publication existing only for the state of North Carolina,
which provides genealogical research guidance transcending geographical
boundaries. Helen wrote several chapters of Professional
Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and
Librarians including the chapter on lecturing. Her extensive
scholarly publications include the seminal National
Genealogical Society Quarterly
study “Sally Heming’s Children: A Genealogical Analysis of the
Evidence.” Interviews with Helen are featured in the National
Genealogical Society’s popular video series “Paths To Your Past” at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/.
The 2017 schedule includes a lecture at the National Genealogical Society
(NGS) Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 10 – 13 May 2017;
and at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) National Conference in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 30 August – 2 September 2017.
2017 Leary Distinguished
G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, will be the featured speaker at the National
Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, and at the
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2017 National Conference, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Her topic at the National Genealogical Society Conference in
Raleigh, North Carolina, is “Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a
Professional and Personal Genealogical Standard” and will consider how, as
professional and personal genealogists, we can enrich our family histories,
client bases, and collaborations with fellow researchers by adopting inclusion
as a genealogical standard. Her topic at the Federation of Genealogical
Societies Conference at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, continues the focus with
“Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Society and Corporate Genealogical
Standard” and will consider how genealogical societies and companies can better
grow their memberships, serve their constituencies, and increase their revenues
by adopting inclusion as a genealogical standard.
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a
genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from
using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the
faculty of IGHR, SLIG, GRIP and GenFed, she is a member of the Board of Trustees
of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds
credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠.
Her award-winning blog is at
Roster of Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished
Murphy DeGrazia, CG. “Why Is ‘Reasonably Exhaustive Research’ so
Important to the Genealogical Proof Standard?” 2010 FGS Conference.
Donn Devine, JD, CG, CGL. “Case Studies on
Applying DNA to Family History Research.” 2008 FGS Conference.
Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS.
“Research Strategies That Work.” 2014 NGS Conference.
Ruth Ann Hager, CG, CGL. “Speaking of
Genealogy.” 2008 NGS Conference.
W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA. “Honesty, Courtesy, and
Confidentiality: Ethics for Family Historians.” 2007 NGS
Conference.”The Genealogical Proof Standard: What It Is and What It Is
Not.” 2011 NGS and FGS Conferences.
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FVGS, FNGS. “Locating and Understanding the Law:
An Essential Part of Good Research.” 2012 NGS Conference.J. Mark Lowe, CG,
CGL, FUGA. “Who Owned the Cow? and Other Common Conundrums: A Reasoning From
Evidence Example.” 2015 NGS Conference.
Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA. “Okay, I ‘Got the
Neighbors’—Now What Do I Do with Them?!!” 2009 NGS Conference.“Can
Trousers, Beds, and Other ‘Trivial Details’ Solve Genealogical
Problems?” 2013 NGS and FGS Conferences.
E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA. “Proven Research Strategies that
Transcend Geo-Political Boundaries.” 2009 FGS Conference. “Ethics in
Genealogy - Professional and Personal,” 2016 NGS Conference. “Ethics in
Genealogy - Commercial Products and Services,” 2016 FGS Conference.
Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL. “Expanding
Your Genealogical Skills Through Education!” 2010 NGS Conference.
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. "Is
There a Professional in the House?" 2012 FGS Conference.
Skills To Work
Putting Skills to Work workshop, Tuesday, 9 May
2017, National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina.
The BCG Education Fund Workshop will be Tuesday, 9 May 2017, prior to the NGS
2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The registration fee
of $110 includes lunch, hands-on exercises, syllabus, handouts and active class
participation. NGS Conference registration is not required. Registration is
through the NGS Conference registration site at
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 basic record
types—census, probate, land, and vital records—which are used in classroom
Nancy A. Peters, CG, is a full-time
genealogist. She serves as a trustee of the Board for Certification of
Genealogists and as the editor of BCG’s
OnBoard newsletter. She has been
an instructor for the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum at the Salt Lake
Institute of Genealogy and a lecturer at local and national conferences. Her
client work, publications, and classroom instruction focus on using complex
evidence to solve problems of kinship and identity. Nancy’s client and personal
research encompasses the Southeastern U.S., upstate New York, England, and
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 how to resolve
conflicting evidence and construct proof discussions from the self-evident to
the complex. The session covers logic used in genealogical proof, and useful
structures for the written part. Hands-on practice includes dissecting proofs
written by published authors, and creating a practice proof for a personal
genealogical problem. Prerequisites: Come prepared to practice writing up a
personal genealogical problem. Also, thoughtfully read a few articles from
The American Genealogist, The Genealogist,
The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New England Historical and
Genealogical Society Register, or
The New York Genealogical and Biographical
After 44 years working as a research librarian and library
administrator, Sara A. Scribner, CG, now owns Salt Lake-based Scribner
Genealogy. Her articles have appeared in the
National Genealogical Society Quarterly
and the Association of Professional
Genealogists Quarterly, and she has lectured on the local, regional and
national level. She divides her own research activities between her mother's
side, deep south Confederates and her father's Canadian Loyalists.
Roster of Putting Skills To Work Instructors
Mary McCampbell Bell, CG. “Abstracting
Records: Land Records,” 2003, 2004. “Abstracting Documents,” 2007.
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “Spreadsheets 201: Manipulating Data to
Dismantle Brick Walls,” 2016.
Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG. “Editor’s
Ink: Writing for Genealogical Journals,” 2012.
Victor S. Dunn, CG. “I Rest My Case:
Constructing a Convincing Proof Argument,” 2014.
Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL. “Writing
Family History: Style, Index, and More,” 2009.
Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS.
“Planning Research,” 2006. “Writing the Ancestral Story,” 2009.
Marty Hiatt, CG. “Writing Reports,” 2006.
“Arguing: Writing Proof Summaries,” 2007.
W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA. “Genealogical
Documentation: What, Why, and How,” 2008. “Editing Your Own and Others’
Genealogical Writing,” 2012.
Connie Lenzen, CG. “Historical Context:
More Than A Timeline,” 2013.
Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS; FVGS.
“Working with Documents: From Discovery to What Comes Next,” 2011.
Barbara J. Mathews, CG. “Writing
Genealogical Narratives,” 2006. “Evidence Evaluation,” 2008.
“Evidence Analysis, Correlation, and Resolution: The Heart of the
Genealogical Proof Standard.” 2015.
David McDonald, D.Min., CG. “Reach for the Power Tools: Transcriptions &
Tate Moody, CG. “In the Law Library: A Workshop on Legal Research for
Genealogists,” 2011. “Passing Out The Property: A Workshop on the
Probate Process,” 2014.
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. “Tested Strategies for Efficient
Research Reports.” 2015.
Beverly Rice, CG. “The Path To Change And A
Better Life—Migration,” 2013.
Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG. “Abstracting
Records for Accuracy and Success,” 2004, 2005.
Kip Sperry, CG. “Reading Early
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL. “Synchronized
Research and Reporting,” 2010.
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA.
"Planning Research,” 2006.
Roster of Special Workshop Instructors
Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. "Genetic Genealogy: Effective Analysis and
Correlation of DNA Test Results." 2015.
Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research
competitive $500 Award, established in 2001 by Merrill Hill Mosher, CG,
of Oregon, honoring her late husband, is administered by the BCG
Education Fund. The Award funds scholarly research on colonial Virginia
topics in the following categories: family genealogy, immigrant place
or family origin, and publication of obscure or difficult Virginia
resources. The annual deadline is 31 December. Award criteria is
available here. It is not too soon for
interested genealogists to consider preparing a submission.
Roster of Mosher Award Recipients
Selena Mayes DuLac, Henrico
County, Virginia, Land Patent Abstracts with Some Plat Maps,
vol. I, 2002; and vol. III, 2009.Victor S. Dunn, CG, “Virginia Business
Records and Manuscript Index” hosted by the Virginia Genealogical Society at
Eric Hedrick, Historical
Documents from Augusta County, Virginia: Volume 6—Judgments,
James Lively of England for his study
identifying the 16th and 17th
century English origins of the Underwood family of Virginia, 2006.
Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG, “The Devon
Seafaring Origins of William
Byrd’s Mother’s Family: Grace (Stegge) Byrd of London, England, Thomas
Stegge of Westover Parish, Charles City County, Virginia, and Captain
Abraham Reed of Charles City County, Virginia; Including Additional
Details about His Father John Byrd’s Career as a London Goldsmith,” The
American Genealogist, Vol. 84, No. 4 (October 2010):
James Winter Petty, CGRS, AG, for his work
extracting headrights from Virginia county records, 2005.
and Supporting Associates
The BCG Education Fund is administered by Trustees and Associates who
dedicate their services without remuneration.
Fonkert, CG, Trustee
Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, Trustee
Angela Packer McGhie, CG,
Patricia Hackett Nicola, CG, Trustee
Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, Trustee
Devine, JD, CG, Counsel
Former Trustees and Supporting Associates
Mary McCampbell Bell, CG
Bettie Cummings Cook, CG
Stefani Evans, CG
Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS
Marty Hiatt, CG
Kay Germain Ingalls, CG
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
Barbara J. Mathews, CG
Joy Reisinger, CG
Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG
Beth A. Stahr, CG
Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG
George B. Handran, JD, CG, Counsel
Beverly Rice, CG, Donald Mosher Memorial Award Administrator
Wayne, CG, CGL