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/.
2016 Leary Distinguished
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is the 2016
Leary Distinguished Lecturer. His topic at the National Genealogical Society
Conference at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is “Ethics in Genealogy - Professional and
Personal.” His topic at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference at
Springfield, Illinois will continue the subject of ethics with “Ethics in
Genealogy - Commercial Products and Services.”
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is employed by
the Family History Department in Salt Lake City as the Chief Genealogical
Officer for FamilySearch. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980
with a B.A. in Family and Local History. A professional genealogist since 1977,
he holds credentials as both an Accredited and Certified genealogist. Since
1997, he serves as the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Institute
of Genealogy and Historical Research. He is a past-president of the Federation
of Genealogical Societies and the Utah Genealogical Association. David is a
Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and the Irish Genealogical Research
Society, London and is currently an instructor for the British Institute where
he also serves as the vice-president of the International Society for British
Genealogy and Family History. He currently serves on the Board of the Federation
of Genealogical Societies
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.
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
Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 8:30
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Putting Skills To Work is a unique full-day,
hands-on workshop limited to sixty participants. The focus is skills
needed by anyone
practicing serious genealogical research whether as a family historian,
librarian, dedicated hobbyist, or writer. Materials are geared to
intermediate and advanced practitioners and advocate established
The $110 registration
fee includes lunch, two in-depth presentations, hands-on exercises,
syllabus, handouts, and active class participation. NGS Conference
registration is not required. Sessions typically book to capacity
before the NGS Conference registration deadline.
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, will lead the session “Spreadsheets 201: Manipulating Data to Dismantle Brick Walls.” Students will use spreadsheets to reveal otherwise hidden patterns that can resolve problems of kinship and identity. Prerequisite: knowledge of basic spreadsheet skills..
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is a Trustee and the president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
David McDonald, D.Min., CG, will lead the session “Reach for the Power Tools: Transcriptions & Abstractions.” Students will work with various documents to transcribe, abstract and analyze the material, with an eye toward developing effective research plans.
David McDonald, D.Min., CG, has more than thirty years' research experience throughout the United States, Canada, and in various European countries, particularly the British Isles and Germany. Dave's research specialty is in the "Old Northwest," those states (or parts thereof) formed from the "Territory Northwest of the River Ohio": Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to these states, Dave has conducted extensive research in neighboring states, such as Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri and Pennsylvania and elsewhere across the United States. He has research interests in transcontinental migrations of New England families, the effective use of Christian church records and repositories, and fraternal organizations and societies and their records of genealogical interest. Dave served six years on the board of the National Genealogical Society, and has lectured throughout the US and UK. His personal research includes work in England, the Mid-Atlantic, colonial-era New York and Virginia, Kentucky, the Midwest and the Great Plains. He has also done extensive work in the UK and on Germanic lines from the sixteenth century onward.
Roster of Putting Skills To Work Instructors
Mary McCampbell Bell, CG. “Abstracting
Records: Land Records,” 2003, 2004. “Abstracting Documents,” 2007.
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.
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.
Evans, CG, Trustee
Fonkert, CG, Trustee
Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, Trustee
Patricia Hackett Nicola, CG, Trustee
Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, Trustee
Devine, JD, CG, Counsel
Former Trustees and Supporting Associates
Mary McCampbell Bell, CG
Bettie Cummings Cook, 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