JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Board for Certification of Genealogists Adopts Standards for DNA Evidence #general

Jan Meisels Allen

The Board for Genealogists (BCG) adopted standards for DNA evidence on
October 21, 2018. This includes five modified and seven new standards
relating to the use of DNA evidence in genealogical work. They also updated
the Genealogist's Code to address the protection of people who provide DNA
samples. Earlier this year there was a public comment period. The BCG
believes "all genealogists need to make sound decisions when DNA can or
should be used and any work products that incorporate it should meet the new
standards and ethical provisions."

The BCG will be incorporating a new chapter, Standards for Using DNA
Evidence, into their Genealogy Standards book. The new book is expected in
March 2019. Therefore, what is currently available in the BCG blog post, is a summary of
each area as not to conflict with the publisher's rights of their updated

I have no affiliation with the BCG and am reporting on the new standards for
the interest of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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