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Board for Certification of Genealogists

Abbreviation: BCG

The Board was formed in 1964 to promote standards in genealogy research. The official website is

This page will discuss how to obtain genealogical certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. (See also BCG Certification Seminar in the FamilySearch Learning Center.)

The first and most necessary step to becoming certified is to acquire the knowledge and skills that exemplify the standards articulated in the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Adequate experience is absolutely essential to acquiring the necessary expertise. No specific program of education is required; however, as standards rise genealogists increasingly are finding that educational preparation via institutes and conferences is extremely helpful. Applicants also benefit from studying case studies developed by certified persons and published in national genealogical journals to be helpful.
Certification results from evaluation of work samples in a portfolio submission. BCG requires different materials for each certification category. Three to four judges independently evaluate each application. If three judges recommend certification, you will be certified for a five-year period. You can perpetuate your certification with five-year renewal applications showing that you have kept your skills up to date.
Go to the official website as shown above for details.

You may access a copy of the BCG Bylaws online or request a copy by writing BCG at the address below, including a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) with the request.
Board for Certification of Genealogists
P.O. Box 14291
Washington, DC 20044


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