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From: Jeanette Daniels <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Certification vs. education (Was: Usability[wasGenealogyas a discipline])
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 18:43:51 -0800 (PST)
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I wanted to wait awhile before directly answering your email.  Although the BCG has
not currently gone through certfication itself, neither has ICAPGEN or the AG program. 
Fulfilling the requirements of each will benefit your genealogical research skills.  Both
are recognized by potential clients as meaning that you personally have passed the
scrutiny of each organization.  There is benefit to you with the consumer. 

Also, if you have a degree in genealogy, that is also important to potential clients.  Even
the various certificate programs have meaning to the potential client and also to you in
helping you to hone your genealogical research skills. 

I think that the questions you asked are great.  I think that the questions and thoughts of
everyone involved with this thread have been beneficial.  These questions and the thinking that
comes with questioning can only bring improvements to genealogy,

Janice, if BCG certification has been your goal, continue on.  My personal genealogical goal
was to get a degree in genealogy.  I have accomplished that and am a better genealogist for
going forward with my plan.  I would advise you to continue on and enjoy the learning that
goes with fulfilling your goal.  So, the answer to why should you get the BCG certification
depends upon your own personal genealogical goals.  I personally believe that BCG is
missing an opportunity to go through the certification process itself.  I don't agree with Tom
Jones.  I believe that the genealogical profession will need to be properly certified and educated
in the near future. 


----- Original Message ----
From: Janice Sellers <>
Sent: Wed, January 27, 2010 12:04:41 PM
Subject: Re: [TGF] Certification vs. education (Was: Usability [wasGenealogyas a discipline])

I have been hesitant to step into this discussion, because the
undercurrents and "between the lines" subtexts have been pretty
obvious, and I have no history with any of the parties.  That said, it
seems that BCG is willing to sell people on the benefits of going
through its process of certification -- and I agree there are benefits
-- but not willing to go through certification itself.  I understand
that becoming certified is time-consuming and costs money, but that is
also true of BCG's certification process.  So what it looks like,
depending on one's perspective, is that BCG is not practicing what it
preaches.  To quote Elizabeth:

On 1/26/10, Elizabeth Shown Mills <> wrote:
> BCG has tracked NOCA requirements for certification bodies since the mid-90s
>  and has tried to meet those requirements in its own structure, daily
>  practice, and long-term goals. Several better-known changes to the BCG
>  program have stemmed from this.

Then why should I go through BCG's certification?  Why not just read
all the material on the BCG site, track the requirements for
certification, and try to meet those requirements in my daily practice
and long-term goals?  I could say that several changes in my practice
have stemmed from that work.

Again, I have no horse in this race and am not in either camp.  This
apparent double standard has simply struck me from the posts on both
sides of this debate.

Janice M. Sellers
Ancestral Discoveries

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