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From: Laura DeGrazia <>
Subject: RE: [APG] a BCG ?
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 13:54:34 -0400
Cindy wrote: -
>I guess my real question is. Should someone address their research focus
>like an inexperienced genealogist or should their research focus be
>addressed like the professional that they are. Someone who is deciphering
>and analyzing the document for every clue they can get?
BCG's specific requirements relating to document work (BCG-supplied and
Applicant-supplied) are explained on pages 4 and 5 of the Application Guide,
and BCG's website includes two examples in the Skillbuilding section.
For each document (the one provided by BCG and the one you select) you are
asked to state a hypothetical focus based on the information given in the
document. A focus statement is typically very brief. The Skillbuilding
section of BCG's website shows the following examples:
"I will assume that I am researching Herbert Pritchard."
"I will assume my focus is Herman Greve and his family."
The purpose of stating the Research Focus is to identify a focal point for
analysis of the document and development of the research plan. Your skills
as a professional genealogist will be demonstrated not so much in your
defining a research focus as in your accompanying document analysis and
research plan. In those sections you'll illustrate your ability to pick up
on the clues that beginners might overlook, and you'll identify the records
you would use to continue researching the hypothetical problem.
Does this answer your question?
Laura A. Murphy DeGrazia, CG(SM)
BCG Outreach Committee, Advertising Manager
Certified Genealogist and CG are proprietary service marks of the Board for
Certification of GenealogistsR used by the Board to identify its program of
genealogical competency and evaluation and used under license to the Board's
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 11:41 AM
Subject: [APG] a BCG ?
I have a question for those who could direct me in the right path <G>
I understand the questions in the BCG submission process. But here is a
question I haven't seen asked before. And if I have, I don't recall seeing
Anyway, My question has to do with the BCG document, or even the document
individual supplies for the process.
Is it wrong to have a research focus, that would possibly be something
down the road by an inquiring client?
What I mean by this, A client typically will ask for something more or less
basic, to us as professionals. Example: They may have a will, and through
will, know the names of all individuals. Right? But as professionals, we see
other items to research that possibly are clues to answer some of their more
direct questions or brick wall problems. Basically as professionals we
see something bigger than the basic clues. Like a possible migration, and
other records to search.
It is my impression, that the judges want to see in our research focus that
we see some of the more gratifying clues, like something I said above.
But by showing the bigger clues, we make more of a project for ourselves.
And then are we judged, because we didn't point to all aspects of this
clues or list various other clues?
I guess my real question is. Should someone address their research focus
like an inexperienced genealogist or should their research focus be
like the professional that they are. Someone who is deciphering and
the document for every clue they can get?
I know that there are many answers to these questions, and I truly
appreciate any comment the list may have in regard to the questions. Thank
advance for your time and opinions on this matter!
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