Welcome to “Our Portfolio Journey” website! This site describes the Certification Discussion Group (CDG), an online course covering the personal journeys of genealogists who have received the credential of Certified Genealogist. Whether you are “on the clock,”1 thinking about applying for certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists(R) (BCG) or just wondering what it is all about, you will find this course enlightening, and some say essential.
The Certification Discussion Group provides potential applicants for certification with an introduction to the requirements of the certification process. We help you assess whether you are ready to apply or if you have any educational gaps.
The Application Guide clearly states “No material in an initial application may have been reviewed, critiqued, or proofread by another individual.”2 We cannot comment on your portfolio or make your decisions for you. We can describe situations that we have found ourselves and how we handled them. We can discuss our strategies, techniques, resources, etc. that proved helpful and those that did not. That’s why the CDG series is so helpful. Perhaps these techniques will help you and our mistakes will not to be repeated by you!
We are here to help you board the train (see image above) if you decide to take the journey!
We hope that you will consider the Certification Discussion Group for your educational resume. Explore the site, ask questions and sign up!
The site menu tabs are your navigation tool to the other pages of the site and more information.
This is not a BCG-sanctioned or sponsored course. All opinions are those of the instructors and while we try to be as accurate as possible, the BCG documents prevail in all cases.|
1 The term “on the clock” describes those who have submitted their pre-application to the Board for Certification of Genealogists, but have not yet submitted their portfolio. Individuals have 1 year from the date of application to submit or to reapply.
2 Board for Certification of Genealogists, The BCG Application Guide, (Washington DC: Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2019) 3.
3 Jacob Lawrence “Boarding the Train,” from The Great Migration Series, 1940-1941. Photo taken and cropped by Jill Morelli, Seattle (WA) Art Museum, May 2017.