Judy G. Russell

Avenel, New Jersey USA

Business Phone: 732-707-7118
Email: legalgenealogist@gmail.com
URL: www.legalgenealogist.com




2010 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. Prize, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Advanced Methodology Course


  • Genealogy and the law
  • Research methodology
  • DNA for genealogy

  • Lectures:


  • A Matter of Debate: Legislative Records and Genealogy
  • “An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others” - The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments
  • Blackguards and Black Sheep - The Lighter Side of the Law
  • “Disabled or Deceased in the Line of Duty” - Military Pensions and the Civil War
  • Doing Time - Prison Records as Genealogy Resources
  • “Don’t Forget the Ladies” - A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
  • Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans
  • Dull, Dry and Dusty - Who Needs Those Old Law Books Anyway?
  • From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large - How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists
  • From the White Lion to the Emancipation Proclamation - Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War
  • How Old Did He Have To Be…? Using the Law to Determine Ages
  • Inventing America - Records of the U.S. Patent Office
  • “No Person Shall ... Gallop Horses In the Streets” - Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives
  • Pardon me, sir! - The “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
  • Polls, Personalty and Property - Making Sense of Tax Lists
  • Property Rights and Wrongs: African-Americans at the Courthouse
  • Quarantined! - Genealogy, the Law and Public Health
  • Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep
  • The Gentlemen Judges: Justices of the Peace
  • The Laws of War: From Conscription through Court Martial
  • The Seanachie: Linking Life and Law through Storytelling
  • The Ties that Bond: Surety Bonds as Genealogical Tools
  • Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War
  • “To the Honorable, the General Assembly” - The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions
  • What does THAT mean? Understanding the Language of the Law
  • Where There Is -- or Isn’t -- a Will
  • Who, What, Why, When, Where and How of American Divorce

  • No Vitals? No Problem! - Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
  • Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events
  • That Scoundrel George: Tracking a Black Sheep Ancestor
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive Search

  • ABCs of DNA
  • Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing

  • Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
  • Roadblocks, Red Lights and Detours: Records Access for Genealogists
  • Staying Out of Trouble - The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists
  • The Ethical Genealogist

  • Beyond Ancestry: Other “Don’t Miss” Genealogy Resources
  • That First Trip to the Courthouse

  • No Vitals? No Problem! - Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
  • Order in the Court - Hands-On with Court Records

  • Speaking Conditions:

  • Will supply master for handouts
  • Will travel to US and international locations
  • Will supply laptop and LCD projector unless provided
  • No home housing, please

  • Previous Engagements:

  • Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference, Salt Lake City
  • Association of Professional Genealogists Webinars
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • National Genealogical Society, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Salt Lake City
  • Bergen County (NJ) Genealogical Society
  • Fairfax Genealogical Society, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Genealogical Society of New Jersey
  • Legacy Family Tree Webinars
  • Massachusetts Genealogical Council
  • Monmouth County (NJ) Genealogical Society
  • Ocean County (NJ) Genealogical Society
  • Patchogue-Medford (NY) Library Genealogy Research Group
  • Seattle Genealogical Society
  • Southern California Genealogical Society
  • The Genealogy Event, New York City
  • Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Bio:

    A Certified GenealogistSM and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where genealogy, history and law come together. A member of Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous other national, state and local genealogical societies, she has attended the National Institute for Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, and now serves as an instructor at SLIG and IGHR. Her ground-breaking blog on issues affecting genealogy and the law, DNA testing, copyright and more can be found at http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog.

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