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FREE Online Webinar - “Editing Your Own Writing – Part 1”

15 May 2024 11:31 AM | Anonymous

This announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

FREE Board for Certification of Genealogists -Sponsored Webinar

Editing Your Own Writing – Part 1” 

by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 8:00 p.m. (EDT) 

Genealogists write. Their written narratives include stories of ancestral families, biographies of individual ancestors, and explanations supporting genealogical proofs. For their writing to succeed, genealogists—like all effective writers—repeatedly self-edit everything they write. The process results in polished products that the genealogist’s readers will understand, enjoy, and cherish.

Emphasizing genealogical narrative, these two webinars will address the self-editing process. Part 1 will focus on “big-picture” editing, including stages of self-editing; focus; keeping the writer out of the narrative; editing the writing’s overall structure, organization, and flow; and improving major and minor subdivisions of written genealogical narratives, including paragraphing. Part 2 will focus on “nitty-gritty” editing, including capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, word choice, and reducing word count.

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2003 through 2018, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994. A professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom teaches genealogical research methods at week-long genealogy institutes. He also speaks at national, regional, and local seminars in the United States and internationally, and he writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and problem solving. 

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Editing Your Own Writing – Part 1” by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGG. This webinar airs Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.  

When you register before May 21 with our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars ( you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinarswebsite.

“Education is one of the most significant ways of achieving BCG’s mission for promoting public confidence in genealogy through uniform standards of competence,” said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG. “We appreciate this opportunity to provide these webinars that focus on the standards that help family historians of all levels practice good genealogy.”

Following the free period for this webinar, BCG receives a small commission if you view this or any BCG webinar by clicking our affiliate link:

To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2024, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at  For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center (

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