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From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG" <>
Subject: Re: [TRANSITIONAL-GENEALOGISTS-FORUM] Planning for certification
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 13:05:38 -0500
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First I want to share with you that my children were 9 and 6 when I prepared
my certification portfolio. It was over Easter when they were home and I had
religious obligations. I was able to pull the portfolio together in 3 weeks
because I had most of the elements in my file drawers. I wanted to see if I
had been working to standards and so submitted two client reports, and the
other 11 elements including document work, etc. (the requirements for the
old CGRS at the time). So it is possible to do with proper planning.

Debbie, Your plan for eating the certification elephant is exactly what we
recommend. Get the proper materials and start, THEN send in your preliminary
application to start the one-year clock and receive the BCG-supplied
document. However I would like to correct one impression about purchasing
the Application Guide alone vs. the Application Packet. At you will see what each
looks like. If you purchase the guide alone you will need to send in an
additional $45 when you are ready to submit your preliminary application.
The Preliminary Application alone (not the purchase of the guide) triggers
the one-year clock, plus your subscription to the newsletter _OnBoard_, and
the office sending you a document as part of requirement 3. The packet
includes the $45 preliminary application fee along with a past issue of
_OnBoard_ (value $5), the $13 Application Guide Book, and the $15 1-year
subscription to _OnBoard_. Add those up and you can see the value.

Either way you go, the _BCG Application Guide_ gives the step by step
instructions (cross-referenced to the _Standards Manual_) on what you are to
place in your lightweight notebook with dividers. You can begin by getting a
notebook and 7 dividers for the 7 steps and then just work on one section at
a time. A checklist is a great idea to keep track of things. You can see
real portfolio examples at

Perhaps make a date with yourself on a regular basis to work on the
portfolio telling family that this is "your time." If you want other tips,
the BCG Certification Seminar given at the 2007 NGS conference in Richmond
session T-211 (two hours) is available on CD-Rom at (as are the other sessions from that
wonderful conference.)

Speaking of learning opportunities, this is another inexpensive option to
attending conferences. Buy the syllabus from sponsoring organization and the
recordings from their contracted taping company. You will then have about
half of the conference experience in your hands (the other half is being
interactive with the speaker and rubbing elbows with fellow genealogists in
the classes, halls, and lunches, not to mention the always free-to-enter
exhibit hall.)

BCG Booth Coordinator

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG

CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for
Certification of Genealogists used under license after periodic evaluations
by the Board.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Debbie Parker Wayne
> Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2007 8:50 AM
> > Andy. ... you wrote:
> >
> >> I would love to also pursue certification, but am a little daunted by
the task considering
> >> I work full time, my wife works, and we have three children who keep
us running.
> Elizabeth Shown Mills wrote on 12/22/2007 7:28 PM:
> >
> > The certification portfolio consists of modules you can work on as time
permits, across a year's
> > application period. You can, if need be, get a year's extension.
> At every age we will have something in our lives that will eat away at our
> time. My kids have left home but now we have an aging parent with
> Alzheimer's. And once you start taking paying clients their research takes
> priority over your own.
> I have purchased the application guide and standards manual but not an
> application packet. This lets me work on the modules as I have time
> even worrying about the one-year clock starting until I am ready. This is
> less pressure and stress for me. I have a checklist for each module for
> CG app with notes about what I have completed and what is still to be
> It would be an easy way for you to decide how close you are to being ready
> and do some long term planning for one bite of the elephant at a time.

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