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The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual [Paperback]

by Board for Certification of Genealogists
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Book Description

August 1, 2000 0916489922 978-0916489922 Millennium
Family historians depend upon thousands of people unknown to them. They exchange research with others; copy information from books and databases; and write libraries, societies, and government offices. At times they even hire professionals to do legwork in distant areas and trust strangers to solve important problems. But how can a researcher be assured that he or she is producing or receiving reliable results? This official manual from the Board of Certification for Genealogists provides a standard by which all genealogists can pattern their work.

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Editorial Reviews


"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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher:; 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 (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing genealogy the right way January 4, 2001
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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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for any genealogist! July 22, 2002
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Genealogical Proof Standard September 12, 2012
By Richie
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Dry British Manual 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy - how to do it correctly resource book April 8, 2014
By Marti
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If you're going to research your ancestry, you just as well write it correctly. Genealogy has it's own language and symbols and this book is a quick read resource every genealogist should have in his/her genealogy library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy April 4, 2014
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This book is quite helpful because it helps clear any questions I may have, while working on my past. It should be read carefully.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
I found the manual to be somewhat intricate. It thought that it too in-depth than what I required. I do not plan on becoming a Genealogist.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars Importance of documentation
When doing genealogy research it is hard to evaluate other persons work. Genealogy research must have certain standards of documentation with proof for each person. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elliejean
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this on your bookshelf
You have to have this manual if you want to become a certified genealogist. But beyond that it is a great "best practices" model for anyone doing family history research.
Published 5 months ago by S. Masse
3.0 out of 5 stars Things you need to know!
The book is informative, gives details of what you need, in order to become certified. If you were not already into genealogy, it is dry and boring, but if you were not into... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gypsy
4.0 out of 5 stars GPS - Genealogical Proof Standard
Excellent piece for the experienced Genealogist but too detailed for the beginner. A better starting point for beginners is "Genealogical Proof Standard" by Christine... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Derek Blount
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book To Have
I started gathering my families data with no prior knowledge on how I should document what I found (sadly I wrote notes for the data, entered it into my software program - then... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chiquita Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I do genealogical work for myself. I want to want become certified by Board for Certification of Genealogists and this is required reading to pass their exam. It is excellent. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mary Ellen Elmore
3.0 out of 5 stars The Standards Manual.. I need to do a lot more notations
I probably wont be a BCG certified genealogist, but it does give me standards to go by, and to do more work on my family trees.
Published 13 months ago by myrna atchison
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Easy to read and well explained. Loved the examples for professional lay outs of Client reports, Proof summaries, Lineage; in Ascending and De-sending format.
Published 14 months ago by Angel Drown
5.0 out of 5 stars The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual
If you are serious about family history, then you need this book. Very well written, covers a lot of great information.
Published 14 months ago by Karen S. Lebeter
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