BCG Releases New BCG Application Guide and Revised New-Application Rubrics #announcements #guidelines

Jan Meisels Allen


The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) released a 2021 edition of the BCG Application Guide. The new guide reduces BCG’s renewal requirements and clarifies several issues for new applicants. It also incorporates changes involving the ethical use of DNA that were implemented in October.


BCG also released a revised set of new-application rubrics. The respect for privacy rubrics RR12, CS8, and KD10 have been reworked to reflect the recent revision of Standard 57 and the code of ethics.


Individuals who have already submitted a preliminary application or whose renewal applications are due before 1 January 2022 are not subject to the new 2021 guide. They are subject to the 2019 guide unless they elect otherwise or apply for an extension.


The new guide and rubrics can be downloaded from BCG’s website. The guide is available at

The rubrics are available at


Changes to Renewal Requirements

The change to renewal requirements reduces the number of allowable work samples from three to two and the page allowance from 150 to 100. Additional guidance is provided to help certificants select at least one renewal work sample that meets the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). To address a common misunderstanding, the guide also notes that GPS work samples need not be complex.

Changes to New Applications

One of several clarifications for new applicants addresses the scope of analysis needed for Requirement 3-D in the BCG-supplied document work. Applicants often overlook important aspects of the document they are given. The guide provides more details about the type of discussion needed to meet the standards associated with rubrics DW6‒DW9.

The new guide also addresses a problem commonly seen in case studies. Many applicants submit the wrong kind of study because they misunderstand what is meant by an identity problem. The guide now specifies that “a study about a single identifying characteristic of a person such as their date or place of birth” does not meet the requirement.

Changes to DNA Standards and Code of Ethics

The DNA-related changes, announced in October and applied retroactively to applicants subject to the 2019 guide, are also included. The changes, involving Standard 57 (respect for privacy) and related parts of the Genealogist’s Code of Ethics, make it easier to share DNA match details in a private setting such as BCG’s certification process. The new guide refers applicants to “DNA Resources” on BCG’s website for more guidance on meeting Standards 51–56.

To conform with the October changes, the new guide also eliminates the requirement to include permission from any living individuals mentioned in the kinship-determination project. This change should not be taken as encouragement to submit a KDP that includes multiple living individuals. Strong KDPs rarely include living individuals due to limited record availability and privacy restrictions.

BCG’s newly revised Genealogist’s Code of Ethics can be viewed here:

BCG’s newly provided guidance on DNA can be found here:


Thank you to both Dick Eastman and his Eastman Online Genealogy Letter and Dear Myrtle’s Genealogy Blog for advising us of these BCG changes.

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Scotland's People Adds 250,000 Birth, Death and Marriage Entries #records #united kingdom #records

Jan Meisels Allen



Scotland’s People has added 250,000 birth, death and marriage entries (~147,000 online images) which include 48,728 marriages in 1945 and 64,943 deaths in 1970. For 1920 births of 136,546 living children during that year were reported.  There was a marked decline in birth-rate during World War l.


To learn how to search birth records see their guide on register of births at:

To search the records see:


While searching their indexes is  you need to use a pay per view to view and download digital records of the historic records you find.  To learn more bout the pay-per view costs see:


Copies of statutory registers of births less than 100 years old; marriages, divorces and dissolutions less than 75 years old; and deaths less than 50 years old can only be purchased as official certificates. Read more about official certificates and how to pay for them.



There are some items that you can search for free.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Meaning of nickname Cuttie #names



One possibility is that it originated from the name Yekutiel.


Re: Help suggestions please #dna

Dahn Cukier

You wrote: The other main sites you need to be on are FTDNA and 23andMe, otherwise you have to sit back and wait for relatives to do a test.

Do these sites find people in other ways? Do they scan all other
sites for matches?

I am on FTDNA and get very few suggested matches. I am on
MyHeritage and Ancestry. Most of my relatives seem to have
registered on one of these, the other has given a few matches

I have had some luck finding relatives that are matched as 3rd and 4th
cousins and have a recognized family name.

Dahn Cukier

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Friday, January 8, 2021, 7:19:57 PM GMT+2, stephen@... <stephen@...> wrote:

The other main sites you need to be on are FTDNA and 23andMe, otherwise you have to sit back and wait for relatives to do a test.
Stephen Schmideg
Melbourne, Australia

World War I-Jewish Refugees (returning from Simbirsk to Minsk Province #belarus

Marilyn Robinson

Newly available on my blog: World War I: Jewish Refugees (a partial list)---(Simbirsk to Minsk Province).

Marilyn Robinson (aka "JewishGem")

Re: Post-WWII Records for Ufa #records #russia

Alexander Sharon

Mike Vayser,

Your reply to Rita Nash posting is unacceptable.
Rita posting was related to Jewish Polish refugees that have escaped to USSR following Hitler invasion against Poland in 1939.
Polish refugees have been subjected to harsh conditions in Stalin camps, and only after invasion of Germany against Soviets in 1941, they have been released under Stalin's "amnesty".
As foreigners Polish refugees were not forced to serve in Red Army, but many were working as artisans in Soviet working battalions known as TRUDARMIA.  Two Polish armies have been formed on the Soviet soil: Anders Army, and communist Kosciuszko Division.

I believe that your apologies to Rita are due.

Alexander Sharon
JGFF director

Re: "Russcheitz": is it Russocice and Russocice-Wladyslawow? Does anyone else have ancestors from here? #unitedkingdom #poland

Alexander Sharon


There are two entries, beside yours, in JGFF database for Russocice
Mysz  Russocice Poland 14 Jul 2012 Click HERE to contact Elsina Bayrach (#15317)

Last logged in: September 2020
Adesman  Russocice Poland 10 Jan 2016 Click HERE to contact Gail Harris (#119831)

Last logged in: December 2020
Baumgarten  Russocice Poland 26 Dec 2020 Click HERE to contact Judith Melissa Bowman (#744312)

Last logged in: November 2020

Władysławów - Suchocice are also listed in Lodz region Yzkor Book 

Encyclopaedia of Jewish communities, Poland (Volume 1). (


Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Re: Meaning of nickname Cuttie #names

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Was he a Cuttie-Pie?

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

" known within the family as "Cuttie".
Does anyone have any idea what this nickname might refer to?"

Death and cemetery records, Kiev, pre World War II #records


Hi- I believe my GGF, Khuni Shikhman, died in Kiev prior to WW 2. Does anyone have suggestions regarding sources of records for either death records or cemetery records?


Howard Brown
Stowe, VT

Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration and Genetics #dna #sephardic #announcements

Leah Kushner

Special Event:  Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics 

Sunday,  January 24, 2021 2pm Pacific Time

Presented by Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society
RSVP for this ZOOM event:  CLICK HERE


About the Presenters:

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a journalist and genealogist,  is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage, and has traced her Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi families across Iran, Spain, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Schelly created the award-winning "Tracing the Tribe - The Jewish Genealogy Blog" (2006; now on hiatus), and "Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook" (36,000+ members in 101 countries). Her articles have appeared on JTA, Reform Judaism, Hadassah, NGS Quarterly, Avotaynu and numerous Jewish and general genealogy publications, newspapers, and more. Schelly is a founding member, Centro Sefarad NM (New Mexico).



Maria Apodaca  shares her personal story and the Sephardic saga as a speaker (since 2016) for the Road Scholars program. 

For more information:   SCJGSociety@...

Re: Vinitsky/Winitsky from Detroit, Mich. #usa

Steve Pickoltz

Additional info.  In looking over some of my family papers, ship manifest, Citizenship papers, etc, I have found spellings of my family as both Winitsky, Vinitsky and other spellings of each.


I have a wedding picture from Lorraine Chudler’s wedding dated 1952 along with on of her parents Lew and Ann Chudler from Detroit.


Pictures of a cousin Henrietta Rofsky Lane.  I don’t know if they are Detroit or Rochester, NY relatives.


A picture of my grandmother Ida (Ostroff) Winitsky with a sister Minecha (Ostroff) Dubin.  I have met a child of this couple, Bernie Dubin. He lived in Phila. and Cherry Hill, NJ., until his death.


Now for the good stuff.

Envelopes dated July 10, 1934 addressed to B. Slaben?? living at 2640 Pregree Ave., Detroit.   A second name  on this envelope is for a Venitzky, at the same address.   Another address for Venitsky is 330 Owens Ave., Detroit.  This street name is hard to read.


I hope this may connect to some of you Detroiter.


Steve Pickholtz

New Jersey


Searching—Winitsky, Ostroff, Pickholtz and Klein/Kline



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Re: How to obtain original record from Pinkas HaNitzolim II list; Wasserspring #warsaw

Valentin Lupu

Hi Sharon,
The original card can be viewed using US Holocaust Memorial Museum search engine. Here is the link for this specific one
Valentin Lupu

Re: RUBIN Family--Not Much Information #usa


Since it's such a common name, I would suggest doing a DNA test (if you haven't already). I have Rubin in my own tree, but haven't been able to connect any dots yet.

~Donna Borok Moss

Re: Help suggestions please #dna


The other main sites you need to be on are FTDNA and 23andMe, otherwise you have to sit back and wait for relatives to do a test.
Stephen Schmideg
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Post-WWII Records for Ufa #records #russia

Jx. Gx.

Mike Vayser,

I think what Rita meant to say is that Russian soldiers looked down on Jews and considered them poor soldiers.  She, herself, was not making that judgment. We know from the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and perhaps from thousands of other examples, as well as from your statistics that the claim of Jews having been poor soldiers/fighters isn't true.


Jeffrey Gee

Lawrence Heller #names

Chava Masha Coplon

I am trying to get contact information for Lawrence Heller. He posted on this group many, many years ago. I was told he may have information on my Eibschutz family.
Any leads are greatly appreciated.
Chava Masha

Re: How to obtain original record from Pinkas HaNitzolim II list; Wasserspring #warsaw

Valentin Lupu

Hi Elizabeth,
Here is an image of the survivor card

Valentin Lupu

ViewMate marriage certificates in Polish #poland #translation

Alex Guri


I've posted marriage records in Polish for which I'd appreciate a translation.
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much,
Alex Guri

Meaning of nickname Cuttie #names

Felissa Lashley

One of our cousins, Julius LASSEN/LISHINSKY/LESCHINSKY son of
Isaac/Isaiah from the Ukraine was known within the family as "Cuttie".
Does anyone have any idea what this nickname might refer to?

Thank you.

Felissa Lashley
Austin, Texas


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #belarus

Bruce Drake

I never imagined that I would come across a Yizkor book excerpt about New York City’s famous Stage Deli which closed in 2012 after a run of about 75 years.

Actually, it is mostly about its founder, Max Asnas (spelled “Osnas” in this chapter from the book of Koidanov, now Dzyarzhynsk, in Belarus). The Stage became a magnet for celebrities ranging from actors and comedians to sports stars but in this account, Max’s sister Lilly, who was the cashier, tells the writer: ““They are not my kind of people. I have little in common with them. I think more highly of Avram Reisen and other Yiddish writers than of all the Broadway folks with whom Max associates. He feels like a fish in water with them. I feel a lot better being with my friends, with Koydenov folk.”

The excerpt recounts Max’s eventful journey to reach New York and appears in the book which was published in 1955. Asnas died in 1968.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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