06 April 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with deep roots in the American south on her mother's side and entirely in Germany on her father's side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications.

On the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and Boston University's Center for Professional Education, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist℠ and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠.  Her blog, chosen as one of the American Bar Association's top 100 in 2013 and 2014, appears at the Legal Genealogist website (http://www.legalgenealogist.com).

TH-B Thursday June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Order in the Court - Hands-On with Court Records
Two-hour workshop presentation on understanding and making the most out of court records of all types from minutes and dockets to reported court decisions.
2-hour workshop.  Additional registration and fees apply.  Limited to 40 attendees.

TH020 Thursday June 4, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy
The ethical issues involved in using DNA evidence in genealogy can be thorny. But the Golden Rule by itself covers us in most situations -- and can keep us out of trouble.

FR014 Friday June 5, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Property Rights and Wrongs - African-Americans at the Courthouse
From being treated as property to having their property stolen by those who used the law against them, African Americans' experience at the courthouse had only one bright spot: it created records for the descendants of slaves and slave owners alike.

FR029 Friday June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Inventing America - Records of the U.S. Patent Office
Americans have always been tinkerers and inventors. Records of the U.S. Patent Office can enrich any family's history. Where can those records be found today, and what can they tell us about our families?

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