*The mission of the Board of Certification is:
Since its founding in 1964 by leading American genealogists, BCG has fostered public confidence in genealogy as a respected branch of history in two ways:
**We promote attainable, high, and uniform standards of competence and ethics among genealogists through programs of outreach, publication, and education. We continue to publish, disseminate, and update these standards as appropriate, and collaborate with others who share this goal. **We award the Certified Genealogist® credential to persons whose work meets these standards.
*Certification results from evaluation of work samples in a portfolio submission. Those passing certification are Certified Genealogists®. All [http://www.bcgcertification.org/associates/index.php certified individuals] must agree to a code of ethics.