Brenda is the course material author for the following courses:
Analysis and Skill Mentoring Program- Part 1
Analysis and Skill Mentoring Program- Part 2
Analysis and Skill Mentoring Program- Part 3
Methodology- Part 6: Professional Preparation and Practice
Research: Ontario Ancestors
Research: United Empire Loyalist Ancestors
Brenda also revised the course material for the following courses:
Canadian: Census Records- Part 1
Canadian: Census Records- Part 2
Canadian: Land Records- Part 1
Canadian: Land Records- Part 2
Canadian: Religious Records
Canadian: Vital Statistics- Part 1
Canadian: Vital Statistics- Part 2
Canadian: Wills and Estates- Part 1
Canadian: Wills and Estates- Part 2
Methodology- Part 1: Getting Started
Methodology- Part 2: Organizing and Skill Building Started
Brenda also reviewed the course material for the following courses:
Canadian: Immigration Records
Brenda Dougall Merriman joined the National Institute in 2002 and enjoys it thoroughly as a well-matched situation, tying her research and writing and editing skills together. Besides overseeing updates and new material for Canadian courses, she has been deeply involved with the Methodology series and the Analysis & Skills Mentoring program (which she and Sharon Murphy created). It was a pleasure to work with other instructors and authors who share the same desire to provide quality in educational courses.
Brenda became a professional genealogist researching for clients many years ago when it became clear that thousands of people in every corner of the world were interested in their Ontario roots or connections. Her subsequent authorship and speaking engagements have made her well-known in the Canadian genealogy community and beyond. Problem-solving research and writing about genealogy, especially the 18th century Loyalist era, remain her primary interests in the research field.
In volunteer work, she is the only person to have twice received the Ontario Genealogical Society's (OGS) Citation of Recognition. She has served on the boards (and travelled many miles) for some international societies in the past twenty years --- the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the International Society for British Genealogy & Family History, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) --- to encourage Canadian participation in North American events. Brenda was the first Canadian to be elected as a trustee on the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and is a proud contributor with her colleagues to the Millennium edition of the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. In 1996 Brenda founded a group which became the Ontario Chapter of APG and served as their Newsletter editor for five years. She was also a charter director of the Friends of the Archives of Ontario.
Since 1992, she contributed to the "Petworth Project" sponsored by the Jackman Foundation, which resulted in two noteworthy publications of historical-genealogical collaboration from McGill-Queens University Press. The Petworth website and Facebook page continue to grow: www.petworthemigrations.com. Her own publications, include United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada (Global Heritage Press, 2006) winning a National Genealogical Society Award; Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records (revised 3rd edition 2002; over 7,000 copies sold), Genealogical Standards of Evidence (latest edition 2010), and The Emigrant Ancestors of a Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (1993), the last three published by OGS.
*CG sm (Certified Genealogist) is a registered service mark of the BCG corporation, used under licence by board-certified associates after regular competency evaluations.
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