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The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. By the Board for Certification of Genealogists. 2000. Softbound, 8.5 x 11, as new, Illus., Index, 113 pp.
Achieve excellence in genealogical research & presentation. In a field where there is such a tremendous exchange of vital information, research and documentation standards are not only a convenience, they're an absolute must! Family historians exchange research with countless others in countless ways. We copy information from books and databases, correspond with libraries, societies, and government offices. At times we even hire professionals to do legwork in distant areas, trusting them to solve important problems. So how can a researcher be assured that he or she is producing or receiving reliable results?
This official manual from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) provides solid, time-honored standards by which all genealogists can pattern their work. These standards of competence extend to all phases of a research project: Collecting the information; Evaluating the evidence; Compiling the results. They also apply to all phases of teaching: Lecturing; Presenting classroom sessions; Preparing written instructional materials.
Who Needs It? Experienced Genealogists preparing for Certification; Beginning & Intermediate family historians concerned about improving the quality of their research and documentation skills; Instructors, lecturers, and authors teaching others how to conduct genealogical research. APPENDICES: The Genealogist's Code; The Board for Certification of Genealogists; Example Reports Example Proof Summaries; Example Compiled Lineages; Example Compiled Pedigrees; Example Compiled Genealogies.
Since its foundation in 1964, the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has promoted in lectures and publications uniform standards of competence and ethics that have become generally accepted throughout the field. This latest edition of the BCG Standards Manual has been painstakingly prepared to clarify, codify, and organize the standards and make them readily accessible to all.
"Anyone who wants to become a certified genealogist will need to read this book. Every other genealogist should read this book to see 'how the pros do it.' Every genealogy software developer should read this book to see how printed reports are to be created. I would also suggest that every beginning genealogist should read this manual to see how to do it the right way.' I wish I had read a book like this when I first started researching my family tree!"--Dick Eastman