I have just received news from the Board for Certification of Genealogists that my application for the Certified Genealogist® credential has been successful.
In the Netherlands, genealogy standards are mostly unknown. The solution to most genealogical problems is to search until we find direct evidence, which we generally have in abundance. It is rare to see a proof argument, even in reputable journals. This does not mean that the research is of poor quality, just that the methods and terminology have not been standardized.
There are few opportunities for advanced education in genealogy in the Netherlands. Through my research into Dutch emigration to the United States, I came into contact with the standards for genealogy as practiced in the US. They resonated with me as they overlapped with the best practices I had developed for myself. I saw how adopting these standards would raise the quality of my work. I submitted my portfolio to the BCG because I wanted to know if the way that I have incorporated these new insights into my work meets standards. As the only board-certified genealogist in the country, I hope to help many people find their ancestors from the Netherlands.
Some of the genealogists whom I most admire are certified by the BCG, and I am honored and excited to join their ranks. My thanks go out to Elizabeth Shown Mills, Judy Russell, Thomas W. Jones, Elissa Scalise Powell, Harold Henderson, Laurel Baty and all the other amazing BCG associates who were so generous with their time and advice while I was “on the clock.” They could not help with the portfolio, but they patiently answered procedural questions and nudged those of us who were ready for certification to submit our portfolios. I am happy that their trust in me was not misplaced 🙂
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