So, what have I done to advance my portfolio? It seems like almost nothing! 🙂 But, as I write down what I have done–I am ok.
- I have worked on my Dirk article about my great grand uncle who spent from 1872-1905 in three different insane asylums in Illinois. It is a kinship determination project, but is not one I am submitting for BCG. By writing it, I have learned a lot about the different numbering systems and put the principles in practice. I have also figured out how to make Word behave so I can have a + sign, a numeral and a roman numeral all line up vertically in the same line with the text. Yea!
- I attended Warren Bittner’s class at NGS 2014 on writing well. He is such a fabulous writer. I am studying his approach to writing, by re-reading my notes and the syllabus and articles he has written. I am extra lucky that his Büttner article, which won the NGSQ writing award in 2012, was our NGSQ Study Group article for June. Zola, the leader, formulated great questions about the article to aid our reading and we had a lively discussion.
- I have scheduled monthly readings. I will be reading the BCG rubrics, The BCG Standards Manual, Genealogy Standards and the first two chapters of EE once a month. I just do not think I can put those in front of me enough times. (Besides, I have heard that the most common reason for not “passing” is that the individual didn’t follow directions.)
- I have turned in my assignment (the last) for ProGen, completed and submitted my presentation proposals for NGS, FGS, and OGS. and completed the presentations and syllabi for WSGS and OGSA.
- I attended the SCGS virtual conference. Great presentations. Some of the best speakers. Since I am a member I will be able to review those, including Warren Bittner’s presentation on writing proof arguments.
- Worked on my resume–it did need updating.
- Worked on the BCG provided document. My ProGen experience really helped me here. when we were transcribing in ProGen I identified some formats I particularly liked. It was nice to have an example of a format I was comfortable with.
I don’t think that is too bad actually! Next? –probably the transcription of the document that I provide.
I am also done with the Dirk article–5000 words. I am fairly pleased with it. I see some gaps, but I suspect most authors do. I may be able to fill a couple of those gaps the end of this month when I visit Elgin Hospital and have a tour of the facility by the resident historian. It should be interesting talking to him.
What I have done since the last posting (see above): If you didn’t listen in on the SCGS free webinars you missed out on some very good presentations. Warren Bittner’s presentation on Proof Arguments is still available at http://www.JAMB-Inc.com (session S-421). It was presented at NGS in 2013.
 Rubrics can be found at http://www.bcgcertification.org/brochures/BCGNewAppRubrics2014.pdf
 Board for Certification of Genealogists, The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual (New York: Turner Publishing Company, 2000).
 Thomas W. Jones, editor, Genealogy Standards (Nashville: Ancestry.com, 2013).
 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, Inc, 2007).