The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG):
The Board for Certification of Genealogists is pleased to award CG designation to the following individuals:
Leslie Corn, CG, of New York, New York.
Corn is a professional genealogist. She was formerly the Director of Program Production for ABC Radio Networks, the Director of Programming for the CBS Radio Network, and president of her own production company. She earned a BA from Finch College and a MA from Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. Corn is a Fellow of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, and is active in the concept and planning for many of their events. She is a member of several professional and genealogical societies. Corn is also an author and lecturer. She has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research, and served as a director for their alumni association.
Judy Kellar Fox, CG, of Aloha, Oregon.
Fox, a homemaker, received a MA in French. She is a long-time volunteer at the Beaverton Family History Center. She was a member of the team that revised the NGS Home Study Course in 2005. Fox has published a book, Martha's People: Elmer, Ward, Rugg, & Allen Ancestors, Ashfield & Heath, Massachusetts (2001).
Waunita M. Gibbons, CG, of Missouri City, Texas.
Gibbons, who is retired, earned a BA from the University of Northern Iowa. She has completed genealogical courses from Rice University Continuing Studies Program. Gibbons is the Registrar and Lineage Research Chairman for the Jane Long Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants. She co-authored a book with Dr. James Lessenger, The Lessenger Family History (1988).
John Clay Patterson, CG, of Dandridge, Tennessee.
Clay Patterson, a semi-retired life and health insurance agent, is currently Executive Director of the Historic Downtown Dandridge ŒMain Street‚ revitalization program. He is also a professional genealogist. He earned a BS (Education), an MBA and PhD (Sports Rehab), and holds several professional certifications. Patterson has lectured at a number of genealogy seminars and has written several articles for local genealogy newsletters. Among topics he lectures on are using Excel for genealogy record-keeping and using the U.S. Census.
Allen R. Peterson, CG, of Katy, Texas.
Peterson, a geologist with Apache Corporation, received both BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University. He has been director of the Katy Family History Center since 1999. Peterson specializes in English genealogy from 1500 to present. He has published two books and written several articles. Peterson is a member of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society and the Derbyshire Family History Society
Credit: Debra Mieszala, CG, conducted the interviews and created the brief bios.
All five of the above individuals followed similar paths to certification. They share a desire to be the best they can be, and they set goals to achieve this. They integrated their formal education with self-study in the genealogical field. This included attending seminars, conferences, and institutes at the local, regional, and national level. They incorporated the standards in the BCG Standards Manual into their daily work. They read articles in the national genealogical periodicals. Their focus and dedication is well-known by their friends and relatives, and BCG is pleased to welcome them.
Individuals who are wondering if they are ready for certification can check out the "Are You Ready" self-test on the BCG website, http://www.bcgcertification.org/ruready.html