Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist®

Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA
Aug 6, 2020
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Am I Ready?
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Application & Evaluation
4m 53s
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The Portfolio
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Case Study
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Final Thoughts
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Questions / answers
40m 53s

About this webinar

In this webinar, trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists will share various pathways to certification. They will discuss the process of becoming a board-certified genealogist, explain each element of an application portfolio, and answer questions from the participants.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA, is passionate about genealogy education. She serves is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the BCG Education Fund. She coordinates courses at national genealogical institutes and is a popul
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    All three presenters were direct, clear, and knowledgeable on this topic.

    always interesting to hear answers to questions posed by others, usually questions that had not yet occurred to me.

    amazing the little things that get forgotten with those submissions!!

    Amazing! tons of good info and it is nice to put a voice to the name. 🙂

    Appreciated learning about the process and some of the good resources we can use.

    Appreciated the difference explained between the Certificatified Genealogist application and the Accredited Genealogist

    As always with BCG webinars, this one was excellent. The material presented was concise and explained in detail by the presenters. I have watched many BCG webinars and have never been disappointed. Well done, all!

    Clear and helpful

    cler review of requirements – thanks

    Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.


    Excellent format and clarity in information given.

    Excellent information for anyone wishing to pursuit a CG career.

    excellent information provided, I will rewatch the presentation several times once it’s available on the website

    Excellent information! Hearing everything explained was wonderful and does not seem as overwhelming a process. Thank you for explaining it all!!!

    Excellent information. Lots of resources to study.

    Excellent information. Thank you.

    Excellent! Clear descriptions of what is needed to obtain certification. Thank you all!

    Excellent. Very clear and encouraging. I look forward to commencing the process of certification.

    Extremely informative. Very clear and concise. Thank you!

    First, we all are grateful for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This was a clear and concise webinar to start you on the clock or preparation before applying.

    Good format. I’m currently ‘on the clock’ for certification, and I thought the questions at the end and detailed answers by the presenters were especially helpful.

    Good material and folks presenting, but still a bit confusing about the process and what would be a good example. I have over 50 years of experience under my belt and still feel intimidated by the process. (I guess that’s just me.)

    Good to have this webinar!

    Great explanation of the BCG Certification process. Thank you!

    Great Information

    Great information Thank All of You!

    Great information! Time to start studying for my certification!

    Great information!!

    Great information.

    great overview and lots of tips and places to go for more information. Certification doesn’t sound so daunting now!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Great overview of the requirements for certification!

    Great topic, really appreciate the information and particularly that it was presented by leadership at BCG!

    Help explained a lot of my questions. Very informative.

    I am “on the clock” and I always get something from these types of webinars. This one was particularly well done.

    I am feeling much more confident about seeking certification after taking part in today’s webinar. Thank you!

    I am more encouraged to move forward, My clock has been running and I had begun to panic, but now I feel more confident in what needs to be done. Thank you.


    I enjoyed it. Thank you.

    I enjoyed the explanation of how and what to do. Thanks

    I learned a lot and am going to pursue certification in the future. Thank you

    I was again filled with encouragement!


    Informative & enjoyed the variety of speakers as well as Q & As

    Informative and encouraging. Thank you!

    It clarified a lot of the steps. I plan to look at the recommended books.

    It felt a little slow, but I appreciated the explanations.

    it was beyond my expertise

    It was GREAT information, THANKS!!

    It was so beneficial to chart my next steps in regards to genealogy.

    It was very helpful.

    It’s all in the application materials which I have studied extensively. I didn’t learn anything new.

    made the process less daunting…less afraid to go for it

    Mostly a referral to other resources to develop skills, but helpful.

    My first portfolio was not approved and I need to submit again. This webinar is very helpful for me. Due to medical problems there will be a delay in my new submission.

    Needed this overview and appreciated the updates. Especially the reminder that the portfolio does not have to be perfect- and that it is about demonstrating my skills. I’ve been caught up in politics (like who hasn’t!), but am ready to get back to genealogy. As you went through the requirements, I realized that I may actually have material I can use for about half the portfolio! (I may change my mind on that as I start polishing it, though).

    Not what I expected but I did learn things

    Seems very daunting to a non-professional. But, It also would be a wonderful thing to achieve.

    Thank you

    Thank you for making the process sound achievable. I just hope I can do it well.

    Thank you so much!

    Thank you! Very helpful.

    thank you.

    The presenters were obviously knowledgeable, and very clear and concise in their responses to questions.

    The presenters were very clear and easy to understand. I have read about certification many times, but this webinar helped me to understand the process. I thank you.

    The webinar clearly outlined what was needed for BCG certification. Thank you.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    This evening’s webinar was outstanding! The presenters were all very knowledgeable, they delivered the information clearly and slowly. Thank you

    This presentation was concise and offered the necessary information required for anyone interested in submitting a BCG portfolio for review. Thank yoi

    This really helped me!

    This was a clear and concise presentation of the expectations of the BCG. I appreciate the book references and resources like the ProGen study group. I will definitely be looking into that to give me a more well-rounded perspective before making my application. Thank you to the presenters.

    This was very informative and touched on many of the specific questions I already had about the certification process. Thank you!

    This webinar answered so many of my questions, thank you! I am actually going to consider applying once I am done with my schooling.

    This webinar was very well organized and explained a lot of questions I have had. Thank you so much for this opportunity

    Thought this was a clear representation of the process.

    very clear and straight forward presentation by all 3 presenters; useful information and great Q&A session

    Very good

    Very helpful about the requirements and the timeframes

    Very helpful in understanding the requirements and preparation involved. Thank you!!

    Very helpful information. Thank you.

    Very helpful overview of the process.

    Very helpful to hear them go through the portfolio requirements.

    Very helpful!

    Very helpful.

    Very helpful. Thank you!

    Very informational and presented to viewers great!

    Very informative

    very informative

    Very Informative !

    Very informative and clarifying.

    Very informative and great information provided, whether one wants to pursue this certification or not.

    Very informative and helpful … thank you

    Very informative!

    Very informative!

    Very informative!

    Very Informative! Thank you all!

    very informative, links to additional resources was helpful

    Very informative, but the speakers spoke very fast and the slides weren’t up long enough to get all the information down.

    Very informative, concise, comprehensive!

    Very informative.

    Very informative.

    Very informative. Helped me a lot.

    Very informative. Thanks.

    Very interesting – and encouraging. I gave up my CPA license a few years ago, maybe it’s time to get another credential to replace it?

    Very interesting, and informative. I didn’t really know anything about the certification process. Still not completely clear on what the “Institutes” are though.

    VERY knowledgeable presenters. Made the process understandable.

    Very much enjoyed & learned from it. Excited to pursue certification. Thanks for all the tips.

    Very similar to IGHR workshop +++

    Very thorough and well presented

    Very very helpful & informative, answered all my questions about certification and took a lot of the fear and mystery out of it. Thank you everyone so much!

    Webinars from BCG are always helpful.

    well done and at a great pace

    Well done with clear explanations … thank you.

    Wonderful presentations

    Worth listening to twice more.


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