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Annual meeting with Seminar

  • 14 Jan 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom
  • 640


  • up to 500 people

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Annual Meeting       with Seminar


Join us for our Annual meeting and Seminar!

We are pleased to welcome back The Legal Genealogist  Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, as our speaker at our Annual Meeting.

Program will include installation of elected officers of 2nd Vice President - Membership and Treasurer.

Session 1: Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will.   Where there’s a will, there’s a probate. And often when there isn’t a will, there’s still a probate. Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.

Session 2: How Old Did He Have To Be…?  Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802? Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birthdate, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer. 

Session 3: Laws of the Indies: Spanish Colonial laws and the records they produced.  From town planning to native relations, “Las Leyes de Las Indias”(Laws of the Indies) governed Spanish colonies of North America and beyond, and created unique records for research for anyone with ancestral ties to Spanish America

Session 4: “Twelve Good and Lawful Men”: Jury Lists in Genealogy.  One of the most common experiences of our ancestors with the courts was the requirement of jury service. Learn to understand who could and couldn't serve, how jurors were called, and how to use jury lists in family research.

Presenter bio:

A genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, until her retirement, was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. Judy is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side. Visit her website at



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Registration ends January 12, 2023.

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