BCG Education Fund Putting Skills to Work 2017 Workshop

January 18th, 2017 by National Genealogical Society Blog Editor

The BCG Education Fund 2017 Putting Skills to Work workshop will be held Tuesday, 9 May 2017, prior to the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The registration fee of $110 includes lunch, hands‐on exercises, syllabus, handouts, and active class participation. Workshop registration is provided through the NGS Conference registration site at, You do not have to register for the Conference to attend the workshop.

The workshop is designed to help researchers perform more efficient and effective research, solve difficult problems, and present well-reasoned conclusions. Morning and afternoon sessions provide a full day of instruction that includes practical, hands-on exercises. The 2017 workshop will be presented by Nancy A. Peters, CG, and Sara Scribner, CG.


Nancy Peters

Nancy Peters, CG

Nancy A. Peters, CG, will lead the session “Make Your Case: Correlating Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems.” Are you facing what seems like a brick wall in your research? Solutions to complex kinship and identity problems require skill in working with direct, indirect, and negative evidence. This session provides practical methods and hands-on experience that will help you make your case. Prerequisite: working knowledge of core record types—census, probate, land, and vital records—which are used in classroom exercises.


Sara Scribner

Sara Scribner, CG

Sara A. Scribner, CG, will lead the session “Make Your Case: Constructing and Writing Proof Discussions.” You solved your brick wall problem. But can you prove your case in writing to the toughest critic? In this session, learn to resolve conflicting evidence and construct proof arguments ranging from the self-evident to the complex. Hands-on practice includes dissecting proofs written by published authors, and creating a practice proof for a personal genealogical problem. Prerequisites: Come prepared to practice writing up a personal genealogical problem. Also, thoughtfully read a few articles from The American Genealogist, The Genealogist, The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, The New England Historical and Genealogical Society Register, or The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Education Fund, founded in 2000 as an independent non-profit charitable trust, advances the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® by funding learning programs consistent with standards promulgated by the Board and by providing incentives for study and scholarly research in accordance with the Board’s standards.