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The Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Salt Lake City on 10 October 2015. Three new trustees joined the Board: Paul Graham, CG, Judy Kellar Fox, CG, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL. Two trustees retired from the board: Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL  Both have served as president of the BCG and provided distinguished service to the Board and the community at large for many years.

The BCG Officers for 2015–2016 are: Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG  President; Stefani Evans, CG  Vice President; David McDonald, D.Min, CG  Secretary; Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG, Treasurer; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, and Richard G. Sayre, Members-at-large.

BCG is in the process of redesigning the website. Judy G. Russell issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 26 October 2015. The RFP is for a redesign and update of the BCG website and overall BCG graphics for branding purposes.

The BCG trustees honored Miriam Weiner with Emeritus status. “The Board is pleased to recognize our thirty-year associate, Miriam Weiner, by granting her Emeritus status. Miriam was the first Jewish genealogist to become certified by the BCG and is known for her pioneering work in Holocaust research and Eastern European records,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. “The Board is grateful for her many contributions to the field of genealogy and for promoting genealogy standards during her distinguished career.” 

BCG will host “meet and greet” events at two national conferences this year at NGS (4–7 May 2016, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) organized by Nicki Birch, CG and FGS (31 August–3 September 2016, Springfield, IL) organized by David McDonald. 

For questions or more information, please visit or contact Nicki Birch, at

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations. The board name is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Cari A. TaplinCG
BCG News Release Coordinator
Certified Genealogist(SM) No. 1058
CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certified associates after periodic competency evaluations, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

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