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The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual Paperback – August 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0916489922 ISBN-10: 0916489922 Edition: Millennium

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry Publishing; Millennium edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916489922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916489922
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone who wants to become a certified genealogist will need to read this book. " -- Dick Eastman

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For all genealogists looking to become certified or upgrade research skills, the official standards manual provides a pattern for your work.

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If you are serious about family history, then you need this book.
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Just the information I needed to assure I was correctly noting my research efforts.
C. Johnson
You have to have this manual if you want to become a certified genealogist.
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Mark Howells on January 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Since its start in 1964, the Board for Certification of Genealogists has promoted standards of competence and ethics in genealogy designed to protect the public, the consumer, and the profession of genealogy.
This excellent book from the BCG distills these standards into clear statements regarding:
Genealogical Research - genealogical proof, data collection, evidence evaluation, & compilations. (If any of these terms are unfamiliar to you, this book might be a real eye-opener.)
Genealogical Teaching - for lecturers, instructors & educational writers.
Continuing Education in Genealogy.
The bulk of the book is in its excellent appendices where examples of genealogical reports, proof summaries, compiled lineages, pedigrees, and genealogies are given to clearly illustrate what good genealogy looks like.
This book is great for measuring yourself against how the very best genealogists conduct and report their research. Seeing how proper genealogy should be done makes us all better genealogists.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 22, 2002
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If you're serious about the research you do on your family's history -- if you're not satisfied with merely collecting names, if you expect to see proof for statements made by other researchers, if you want those who come after you to be able to pick up where you've left off -- then this review can be boiled down a simple statement: Read this book. Buy it, consult it regularly, learn its principles. Since 1964, the BCG has developed and promulgated reliable methods for genealogical research, standards for proof, and a code of ethics for genealogists. This Manual is designed to clarify, codify, and present these standards in an easily accessible form. The first section presents standards for genealogical proof, data collection, and evaluation of evidence, the second lays out standards for genealogical instructors, lecturers, and authors, and the third discusses continuing genealogical education. These are followed by seven lengthy appendices that give examples of lineage compilations and the proof summaries that should accompany them, the most widely accepted formats for lineage publication, and researcher client reports -- which are a very useful tool even if you're only doing research for yourself. There certainly are thousands of books out there begging genealogists to buy them, but the "essential" bookshelf for American researchers is really rather small: _The Source,_ Greenwood's _Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy,_ Everton's _Handybook,_ perhaps _Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives,_ and a few others. The _Manual_ should be on that shelf.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richie on September 12, 2012
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The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual clearly describes a very good standard for genealogical research. The five parts of the standard itself are each clearly described.
I have doing genealogical research for the past 64 years. I have found that most so called genealogists are simply collectors of other peoples work and that most of them do not even describe the source of their collections. Early in my research I decided that unless the source is given for most facts, the work is nothing more than gossip; not malicious, but merely hearsay.
I recommend this book to all genealogists and beg them to follow its standards.
Richard L. Halliday
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Beverly R. Conolly on January 11, 2007
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This book should be read and on the library shelf of every "non professional" genealogist. I can't recommend it highly enough, especially for anyone who is the least bit interested in genealogy. It helps to turn a "myth" into a "fact".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on December 21, 2012
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Just the information I needed to assure I was correctly noting my research efforts. I would recommend this source to everyone. Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Vojnovic on November 28, 2012
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This is a great resource. But the presentation is so dry, I'm not sure if I will ever be able to avail myself of it's wealth of information. It is what it is-a manual.
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Good information but now dated. The new standards have been released.
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By Rod Hineman on July 6, 2014
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Gives the basics!
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