Helen A. Shaw of Rockport is among the newest associates of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. After years of study and work in the field of family history and the successful completion of the BCG requirements, Shaw may now use the service mark of certified genealogist.

With this designation, Shaw 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 a certain phase of genealogical work. Shaw owns the company Yesterday’s Research. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio State University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Shaw is vice president of the Maine Genealogical Society, vice president, secretary and newsletter editor for the Old Broad Bay Family History Association, and regent of Lady Knox Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

She completed the NGS home study course. Her numerous genealogical publications include the book “The Family and Descendants of George Hall and Elizabeth Knight” (1993). She has lectured and taught at local, state, regional and national conferences, and the Newberry Library and National Archives-Great Lakes Region. Shaw takes few clients. As part of the application process to BCG, Shaw 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.

“In earning her certification, Helen A. Shaw joins a growing number of researchers who recognize the importance of upholding standards in the field of genealogy,” said board President Laura DeGrazia in a news release. “Consumers who employ board-certified genealogists are assured that those genealogists’ skills have been tested and demonstrated.”

Associates must apply for renewal of their certification every five years and must continue to demonstrate quality standards in genealogical research.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Board for Certification of Genealogists is an internationally recognized certification body, not a membership society. For more information visit bcgcertification.org. A listing of those who are currently certified is also on the Web site.