[APG Public List] BCG Recognizes Retired Trustees

Laura DeGrazia degrazia at optonline.net
Mon Oct 19 16:17:27 MDT 2009

BCG Recognizes Retired Trustees

Laura DeGrazia, CG, President of the Board for Certification of
Genealogists, announced the retirement of two respected trustees, effective
on October 12th, 2009.

-Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, of Arlington, Virginia, served on the Board for
nine years. She became certified in 1973 having graduated in 1971 from the
three-week program of the Institute on Genealogical Research sponsored by
American University and the National Archives. Her past positions include
President of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), 1996-2000; President
of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG),1991-93; President of
Fairfax (VA) Genealogical Society, 1986-89; President 1973 and 1975-76 of
the Prince George's County (MD) Genealogical Society (PGCGS) of which she
was also a 1969 charter member. Her service to genealogy has been recognized
by the following awards: Fellow of the National Genealogical Society in
2001; NGS President's Citation 2003; NGS Board Award 2005; APG Grahame T.
Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit in 1995; an Honorary Life Membership in the
Prince George's County Genealogical Society (PGCGS) in 1996; and the Jane
Roush McCafferty Award of Excellence from PGCGS in 1985. Currently she
serves as President of the Virginia Genealogical Society, Assistant
Historian of the Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia; Hall of
Fame Chairman and Bible Records Chairman for NGS;. For 16 years she has been
Verifying Genealogist of National Society Colonial Dames of America in the
District of Columbia and for 10 years she has led the NGS research trip to
Salt Lake City.

-Jim W. Faulkinbury, CG, of Sacramento, California, finished a three-year
term on the Board of Trustees. His BA in Mathematics and his MBA are from
California State University in Sacramento and he holds a certificate in
project management from the University of California, Davis.  He was first
certified by the Board in 1980. A specialist in California records and a
lineage genealogist, Jim is a member of the National Society Sons of the
American Revolution (SAR) Genealogy Committee, State Secretary of the
California Society SAR, Secretary, past Registrar, and past President of his
local chapter of the SAR, Past State Genealogist and State Registrar of the
California Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, and
Registrar of the Sacramento Society Children of the American Revolution.  He
publications include The Foreign-Born Voters of California in 1872
(including names, ages, national origin, and naturalization data on over
61,000 voters on the voter rolls in 1872), and the California chapter in Ann
S. Lainhart’s State Census Records. He has also produced an online index to
his database of over 363,000 vital statistics he extracted from the San
Francisco Morning Call newspaper for the years 1869 through 1900.  This
valuable resource helps researchers cope with the loss of those public
records destroyed in the great earthquake and fire of 1906.

According to President DeGrazia, "Jim and Shirley are committed to promoting
standards in genealogy. Their contributions as trustees have helped BCG
address its mission, and we are grateful for their ongoing dedication to
scholarly genealogical research." 

The fifteen current members of BCG’s Board of Trustees are:
Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, of New York, President; Ann Carter Fleming, CG,
CGL, of Missouri, Vice-president; Dawne Slater-Putt, CG, of Indiana,
Secretary; Beverly Rice, CG, of Oregon, Treasurer; Kay Haviland Freilich,
CG, CGL, of Pennsylvania, Executive Committee Member-at-Large; Cindy Lee
Banks, CG, of Nebraska; Alison Hare, CG, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Kay
Ingalls, CG, of California; Connie Lenzen, CG, of Oregon; Barbara Mathews,
CG, of Massachusetts; David McDonald, CG, of Wisconsin; Elizabeth Shown
Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, of Tennessee; Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG, of
California; Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, of Pennsylvania; Willis H. White, CG,
of Virginia.

Founded in 1964, the mission of the Board for Certification of Genealogists
is to foster public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history
by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among
genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet
that standard. Its publication The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual sets
forth the currently accepted standards for all areas of genealogical

Certified Genealogist and CG are proprietary service marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists (BCG) used by the Board to identify its
program of genealogical competency and evaluation and used under license by
the Board’s associates. The Board’s name is registered with the the U.S.
Patent & Trademark Office.

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