The following is an announcement from the Board for Certification of Genealogists:
Craig Kieffer of Bethesda, Maryland, is among the newest associates of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).
After years of study and work in the field of family history and the successful completion of the BCG requirements, Kieffer may now use the service mark of Certified Genealogist (CG). With this designation, Kieffer has shown competence in the general skill areas of research, evidence analysis, kinship determination, and reporting.
Each BCG associate specializes in certain geographic and ethnic areas or in certain phase of genealogical work.
Kieffer, a professional genealogist and family historian, owns Craig Kieffer Genealogy Services. He earned a degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Akron (Ohio).
He and Jeanne Kieffer published The Civil War Letters and Diary of Jesse Kieffer of Lockport, New York (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2000).
As part of the application process to BCG, Kieffer had to submit a case study drawn from his research resolving a challenging identity problem and to compile a narrative genealogy of three generations of a family.
"By achieving certification, researchers like Mr. Kieffer demonstrate that they care about the quality of genealogical work that they pass on to posterity," Board President Connie Lenzen, CG, said. "And for consumers, certification gives assurance that they will be receiving competent, professional help." Associates must apply for renewal of their certification every five years and must continue to demonstrate quality standards in genealogical research.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Board for Certification of Genealogists is an internationally recognized certification body, not a membership society.
To learn more about BCG and certification, see the society's website at www.bcgcertification.org. A listing of those who are currently certified is also on the web site.
For a personal interview, Craig Kieffer may be contacted at 301-356-2352.