Thursday, January 10, 2013

BCG Skillbuilding Track

The BCG Skillbuilding Track is a series of lectures designed for genealogists interested in improving their research techniques. Targeted to intermediate and advanced skill levels, but open to all registered conference attendees, the presentations focus on evaluating evidence, advanced problem solving, and research reporting. Co-sponsored by NGS and the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the track is scheduled Wednesday through Saturday and includes 16 lectures plus a two-hour seminar.

For additional information on these lectures and the entire program, go to for the searchable program, or the PDF version of the registration brochure is available at


11:00 a.m., W121, "Debunking Misleading Records" by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

2:30 p.m., W141, "Interpreting the Symbols and Abbreviations in Seventeenth-Century English and American Documents" by Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, FASG

4:00 p.m., W151, "Understanding What They Wrote: Tricks and Tips for Deciphering the Unintelligible in Documents" by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS


8:00 a.m., T201, "Grandma’s Treasure Chest: Investigating and Evaluating Family Artifacts" by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

9:30 a.m., T211, "BCG Certification Seminar—The Why and the How" Part I, by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL; F. Warren Bittner, CG; David McDonald, CG

11:00 a.m., T211, "BCG Certification Seminar—The Why and the How" Part II, by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL; F. Warren Bittner, CG; David McDonald, CG

2:30 p.m., T241, "Information Overload? Effective Project Planning, Research, Data Management, and Analysis" by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

4:00 p.m., T251, "Did Your John Really Spell His Name, 'Kpjm?' A Look at Digitized Records" by Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL


8:00 a.m., F301, "Fail! When the Record is Wrong" by Dawne Slater-Putt, CG

9:30 a.m., F311, "Step Outside Your Genealogical Box: Trying Assorted Records to Reach Research Goals" by Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL

11:00 a.m., F321, "Genealogical Applications of Historical Geographical Information Systems (GIS)" by Rick Sayre, CG

2:30 p.m., F341, "Treasures in the Records of the U. S. Congress" by David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

4:00 p.m., F351, "Are We There Yet?” Proof and the Genealogy Police" by Harold Henderson, CG


8:00 a.m., S401, "Baker’s Dozen Steps to Writing Research Reports" by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

9:30 a.m., S411, "Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research" by Julie Miller, CG

11:00 a.m., S421, "Proof Arguments: How and Why?" by Warren Bittner, CG

2:30 p.m., S441, "Not Quite Right: Recognizing Errors" by Barbara Mathews, CG

4:00 p.m., S451, "Enough is Enough! Or Is It?" by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL


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