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Thu Feb 11 16:56:18 MST 2010

Valerie wrote:
>Oh dear, this is so discouraging. Does one really have to be so accomplished in order to earn one's CG? I was hoping to qualify but this makes me tremble in my boots!

Suppose we look at this from a different light. The bios below are just that: bios. If you have the BCG application guide at hand, do re-read the items on which you’ll be tested. There is no module that tests for “vice president of this” or “board member of that.” There are no extra points for serving as Chair of Whatever.  There is no qualification that you must take “this” or “that” course. Certification is based entirely on the quality of the work you submit. Many applicants acquire their skills and knowledge through independent study and hands-on practice. Some participate in the NGSQ and ProGen study groups of the Transitional Genealogists Forum, where they can learn from each other. 
When you submit your portfolio, all that matters is whether your work meets the standards laid out in the Genealogical Standards Manual.
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
BCG Trustee (and once-upon-a-time prez)
On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 3:50 PM, Debra Mieszala <debfamhist at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
The Board for Certification of Genealogists is pleased to award CG designation to the following individuals:

Helen A. Shaw, CG(SM), of Rockport, Maine.
       Shaw owns the company Yesterday’s Research. She earned a BA from Ohio State University and an MA from the University of Michigan. Shaw is vice president of the Maine Genealogical Society, vice president, secretary, and newsletter editor for the Old Broad Bay Family History Association, and regent, Lady Knox Chapter, NSDAR. She completed the NGS home study course. Her numerous genealogical publications include the book _The Family and Descendants of George Hall and Elizabeth Knight_ (1993). She has lectured and taught at local, state, regional, and national conferences, and the Newberry Library and National Archives – Great Lakes Region.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG(SM), of Benson, North Carolina.
       Holtz works for the State of North Carolina’s Utilities Commission, and operates the genealogical research business Holtz Research Services. She earned an associate’s degree from Central Pennsylvania College. She is an APG board member, vice president, program director, and former secretary for the NCAPG, a graduate of ProGen1, and member of the NGSQ study group. Holtz serves on the APG Publications Advisory Committee, and compiles the “Chapter Spotlight” for the _APGQ_. She served on the local events committee for NGS-Raleigh. Holtz published “Octopus and Wild Fennel” in _Comunes of Italy_ magazine. She manages an abstraction project to abstract civil record indexes for Isnello and Polizzi Generosa, Italy. The project can be seen at: <http://www.polizzigenerosaisnellogenealogy.blogspot.com/>.

Melinde Lutz Sanborn, CG(SM), of Derry, New Hampshire.
       Sanborn is a professional genealogist. She earned a degree and certificate in cultural anthropology and archival management. Sanborn was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1993. She is a co-editor of the _National Genealogical Society Quarterly_, editor of the _New Hampshire Genealogical Record_, past-editor of the _Oregon Genealogical Quarterly_, vice president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, vice president, American Society of Genealogists, and past president of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists. She was the 2005 and 2009 co-chair for the New England Regional Genealogical Conference. Sanborn is the Program Director, Boston University, Center for Professional Education, Genealogical Research Certificate Program, and an instructor for the Forensic Research module. She is a contributor to the Doenetwork.org. Sanborn attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research.

David Ouimette, CG(SM), of Highland, Utah.
       Ouimette is Manager of Content Strategy at FamilySearch. He previously worked in software development and product management at Ancestry.com. Ouimette earned a BS and MS in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. He is vice president of the Utah Genealogical Association and is responsible for publishing their quarterly, _Crossroads_. Ouimette has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, and national conferences. He presents lectures on research and records in Ireland, Quebec, and New England. Ouimette has written articles for _Ancestry_, _APG Quarterly_, _Crossroads_, _SEPTS_, and _BYU Family Historian_. He authored _Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide_ (Provo: Ancestry, 2005).

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