Board for Certification of Genealogists Press Release

Christine Kay Merseal, CG(SM), of St. Louis, Missouri, is among the newest associates of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

After years of study and work in the field of family history and the successful completion of the BCG requirements, Merseal may now use the service mark of Certified Genealogist (CG). With this designation, Merseal has shown competence in the general skill areas of research, evidence analysis, kinship determination, and reporting.

Each BCG associate specializes in certain geographic and ethnic areas or in certain phase of genealogical work.

Merseal, a Genealogy Library Associate II at the Jefferson County Library, High Ridge, Missouri, earned a BSBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

She attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research, and was the 2004 Richard M. Lackey Scholarship winner. Merseal is President and a charter member of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society. She is also a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, the Missouri State Genealogical Association, and the St. Louis Genealogical Society.

As part of the application process to BCG, Merseal had to submit a case study drawn from her research resolving a challenging identity problem and to compile a narrative genealogy of three generations of a family.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Board for Certification of Genealogists is an internationally recognized certification body, not a membership society.

To learn more about BCG and certification, see the society's website at A listing of those who are currently certified is also on the web site.

 For a personal interview, Christine Merseal may be contacted at <> or 314-657-5120.