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From: Meredith Hoffman / GenerationsWeb <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] BCG and Sharing with Cousins
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:11:37 -0400
From my point of view, the "stuff" we collect, whether online or not,
is only the raw material for our BCG certification portfolios.
I'm in the same position you are, LeRoy, working on materials which
may well become part of my submission; I see no reason why I should be
constrained in distributing copies of those source documents to
whomever I please.
However, here's my take on the other part of what I thought your
initial query was getting at, and I share your curiosity about the
If I "write as I go" -- which I'm trying to hold myself to for every
project, whether personal or for my clients -- over time I'll produce,
I hope, a goodly quantity of preliminary/interim proof arguments and
fragments of case studies. I think you might have been asking whether
we should distribute _these_ to cousins -- or, for that matter, to
As I read the BCG manual and the information on the website, and from
talks and conversations with folks like Elissa and Melinde, the issue
isn't one of "distribution" or "sharing" -- it's whether the work we
submit is our own and has not been "critiqued and edited" by others
(that's the phrase the Dr. Jones uses in his article on the BCG
website, Thomas W. Jones, "Rumors Heard at a Recent Conference,"
_OnBoard_ 7 [September 2001]:21,23; http://www.bcgcertification.org/certification/strategies/as019.html)
I'm assuming -- and I, too, would like to hear from the BCG folks on
this -- that there's a distinction between giving my sister or my
cousin copies of my "interim reports" for their own information, and
bringing my research that I may use for certification to a meeting of
our group of BCG-hopeful genealogists for advice and criticism. I know
that the latter is something we should _not_ do (thanks, Melinde and
Elissa!). I hope that the former is, in fact, okay.
Whether or not that was part of what you were initially asking, LeRoy,
I would like to hear the BCG folks' responses....
On 2010Apr16, at 11:45 AM, LeRoy Atkins wrote:
> Thanks to everyone who has helped on the these questions. I think I
> asked too many questions. Let me be more specific.
> As I research I find information which potentially could be used as
> part of
> the certification process. Should I be reluctant to share images of
> documents by private email with first and second cousins?
>> As you contemplate elements of the requirements for certification
>> what do
>> you avoid sharing prior to submission to BCG?
>> Where do you draw the line when it comes with sharing research
>> with cousins and keeping findings private?
>> Do you share documents but not hypothesis, etc?
>> Do you share only by private email or in person?
>> Do you always avoid mail lists and message boards? If not, how do
>> you use
>> Thank you for your thoughts.
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