Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two New Gen Proof Study Groups Forming

There are two new Gen Proof Study Groups forming to study the book Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones. There is no charge to participate other than the cost of the book.

The group mentors have all been through the book in their own mentoring group with Tom Jones.

We are now offering groups at two different levels: Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced. The same material is covered in each group. The self assessed skill level of the participants is what determines the group you would register for. This way participants with similar skill levels will work
through the book together.

For more information on the Gen Proof study groups see:

Here is the information on the two groups:

Shelley Bishop will mentor an Advanced group using Google+ Communities with a video chat (hangout) option. They will cover one chapter per week beginning September 1st. Solid intermediate participants are welcome in this group as well.

Julie George will mentor a Beginner/Intermediate group using Google+ Community. This group will also cover one chapter each week and begins September 8th.

Both mentors have selected the following format for their study groups: Asynchronous discussion board-- The group will not meet at a designated time but have ongoing discussions on a private Google + Community discussion board throughout the week. The mentor will log on each day to
answer questions and highlight certain concepts, and participants should check in daily also.

If you are interested in either of these groups or would like to be placed on the waiting list for a future group, send an email to Include your preference of group level
(beginner/intermediate or advanced.)

If you have any questions, please email

BCG Announces New Webinar Series!

I was excited to read on the Board for Certification of Genealogists blog that they are starting a new webinar series! These webinars are open to anyone who would like to participate, and will be held at
8:00 pm Eastern on the following dates:

Monday, September 22, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, will present “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. 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, Judy will coordinate the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in 2015.

To register for either of these webinars, or to watch for future presentations, see to the BCG blog.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Forensic Genealogy Institute Registration Opens Sept. 9th

FGI Offers Two Brand-New, Cutting-Edge Courses for Forensic Genealogists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dallas, Texas – August 12, 2014 – Registration for the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) will open on September 9, 2014, at 1 pm EST. The educational arm of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG), FGI will be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The 2015 FGI features two brand-new, concurrent courses:

  • Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum
  • Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases

Registration for each course is $445, which includes 20 hours of instruction by expert forensic and genetic genealogists in just three days, minimizing travels costs and time away from family and work. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

“In keeping with CAFG’s goals to promote and maintain high standards of professionalism, the fourth FGI enlarges and expands upon the curriculum offered at the previous institutes,” said Leslie Brinkley Lawson, CAFG President. “The 2015 program offers must-have education, training, mentoring, and professional development to those thinking of careers in forensic or genetic genealogy.

The “Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum” provides hands-on experience in researching various types of forensic cases, working with clients (including interviews and contracts), writing forensic reports or affidavits (students will write three reports), and participating in or observing a mock trial to defend a forensic report. Enrollment is limited to 40 students.

The “Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases” course applies DNA and traditional genealogical research to uncovering the genetic heritage of individuals with unknown parentage. This area of forensic research is expanding rapidly, and genealogists who can use DNA to successfully address unknown-parentage cases are in great demand. Enrollment is limited to 60 students. For full details of each course’s curriculum, as well as faculty biographies, visit

About CAFG

Established in 2011, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a business league with a professional membership dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy, which is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships. Learn more at

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Genealogy Institute in Illinois

I was excited to see an announcement about another new genealogy institute on Facebook today.
The first Genealogical Research Institute on the campus of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois will be held May 28th through June 1st in 2015.

The institute will offer four tracks, including:
  • Refining Internet and Digital Skills for Genealogy (coordinator Cyndi Ingle of Cyndislist)
  • Advanced methodology and analysis (coordinator Michael John Neill of Genealogy Tip of the Day)
  • Intermediate sources and research (coordinator Debbie Mieszala, CG)
  • Germanic research sources and methods (coordinator Teresa McMillin, CG)
For more information see:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Registration Opens for APG’s Professional Management Conference 2015

DNA, Genealogical Standards, Setting Fees, and Adoption Research 
among 16 Sessions Offered over 2 Full Days

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 30 July 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today opened registration and announced the theme and speakers for its 2015 APG Professional Management Conference (PMC). The theme for the event, now in its 18th year, is “Professional-Grade Genealogy.” Thirteen speakers from a variety of backgrounds will cover key topics for professional genealogists, including DNA, time-management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking. PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on instruction for the professional genealogist, providing opportunities for networking as well as professional and business development. The event will be held the 8-9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

“As genealogy continues to grow as a profession, so must educational opportunities designed for the professional,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “To accommodate the need for professional education and offer the networking opportunities our attendees enjoy, we have expanded APG’s Professional Management Conference program to two full days. We are also offering some new aspects to the event to engage and involve attendees.”

What’s New at APG’s PMC 2015
This year’s event includes 16 sessions held over two full days, including four workshops and many topics that offer practical advice for business owners. Also new this year will be PMC Poster Sessions, unique networking opportunities providing professional genealogists with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas. See for deadlines and instructions on submitting proposals for a Poster Session.

Register Now for APG’s PMC 2015
Attendance at PMC is open to APG members and to non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Early-bird pricing ends 15 October 2014. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at Registration for virtual access to select sessions (Virtual PMC) will open later this year.

Speakers and Topics Will Include:
  • Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—Three-part Workshop: You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right
  • Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof
  • CeCe Moore—Workshop: Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law
  • Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Workshop: Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills and (2) Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees
  • Angela Packer McGhie—Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many "Clients"
  • Kimberly Powell—Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener
  • James M. Beidler—(1) Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest and (2) Taxes and the Professional Genealogist
  • Anastasia Harman—Workshop: Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today
  • Ron Arons, MBA—Mind Maps for Genealogy
  • Thomas MacEntee—Self-Publishing for Genealogists
  • Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd—So You Want to be a Genealogical Speaker
  • Christina Grover—How to Have Difficult conversations with Clients and Colleagues

A Week of Genealogy
APG’s PMC kicks off more than a week of genealogical activities in Salt Lake City. Beginning after PMC, genealogists can enjoy Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), also held at the Hilton Hotel SLIG features week-long, in-depth instruction on more than 10 genealogical subjects. More details available at

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GRIP -- Seats Still Available at Genealgy Summer Camp

Do you want to attend a genealogy summer camp? There is still space available in the following
courses at the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP):

GRIP, Pittsburgh, July 20-25, 2014
  • Determining Kinship with the Genealogical Proof Standard -- Thomas W. Jones
  • Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives -- D. Joshua Taylor
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools For Digging Deeper -- Paula Stuart Warren
  • Finding and Documenting African-American Families --J. Mark Lowe and Deborah Abbott
GRIP on the Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan, August 3-8, 2014
  • Determining Kinship with the Genealogical Proof Standard -- Thomas W. Jones
  • Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records -- Cecile Wendt Jensen
  • Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest -- D. Joshua Taylor
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools For Digging Deeper -- Paula Stuart Warren
For more details on the courses see

Registration Open for Gen Proof Study Groups

Registration for two Gen Proof Study groups is open right now. The Gen Proof Study Groups work
through the book Mastering Genealogical Proof, by Thomas W. Jones, in small groups of 10-15 individuals guided by a mentor. They discuss their thoughts, insights and questions about the five parts of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), the chapter exercises and, their own research as it applies to the GPS. If you want to effectively apply the GPS to your own research, this successful program is an excellent way.

Currently there are two groups with openings. One is a beginner/intermediate group. The other is an advanced group. Each group will cover one chapter per week. There are only a few spots left in each group so claim yours now!

Group 33 with mentor Christine Sharbrough begins July 6th. It is a beginner/intermediate group using the asynchronous chat format in Google+ Communities. They will cover one chapter per week. There is one spot left in this group.

Group 34 with mentor Melanie Holtz begins June 29th. It is an advanced group also using the asynchronous chat format in Google + Communities. They will cover one chapter per week.

If you are interested, send an email to and the administrator, Michelle Goodrum, will send you an invitation to register for the group. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for future groups, send an email to and, if you have a preference, indicate whether you are interested in beginner/intermediate or an advanced group.

We will form additional groups in late summer/early fall.

For more information on the Gen Proof Study Groups and how they work see: