A Day with the Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell
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The seminar “A Day with the Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell” will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:30 am-3:30 pm at the Columbus Public Library

Sponsored by the Muscogee Genealogical Society and the Columbus Public Library (3000 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia 31906), this day-long workshop will feature widely-acclaimed genealogical speaker Judy Russell, a.k.a. The Legal Genealogist.  She will present four separate lectures.

The workshop will begin at 9:30 am at the Columbus Public Library.  It is preceded by registration/ check-in starting at 9:00 am. Coffee and donuts will be served before the program. Refreshments will also be provided during breaks.  Please note that lunch is “on your own.” There are numerous restaurants in the area; a list will be provided for out-of-towners.

While you’re at the Columbus Public Library, please try to fit in a visit to the Genealogy and Local History Department, located on the second floor. The collections focus on the Columbus area and states of the American southeast.  On the day of the workshop, the library is open till 6:00 pm.

Workshop Schedule

9:00     Registration/Check-In

9:30     Introduction

9:35     Lecture No. 1:  That First Trip to the Courthouse

10:35   Break

10:50   Lecture No. 2: Polls, Personality and Property

11:50   Lunch on Your Own

1:00     Lecture No. 3:  No Vitals? No Problems!

2:00     Break

2:15     Lecture No. 4:  Where There Is — or Isn’t — a Will

3:15     Wrap-Up


More Details about the Lectures

1. That First Trip to the Courthouse
If there is one home truth in genealogy research, it’s this:  not everything is available online.  Sooner or later every genealogist has got to make that first trip to the courthouse to check out the original records available there.  How  to prepare for that trip, the rules of the road, what to expect, what to ask for, and how to be sure you’ll be welcomed back the next time are explored in this lecture.
2. Polls, Personality and Property
Making Sense of Tax List.  Somebody had to pay government’s bills, and they did it through the law by imposing taxes on polls, personal property and real property.  The records of those taxes offer some of the best clues available to our ancestors, their families and their neighborhoods.
3. No Vitals? No Problems! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence.
When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.
4. 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 is still a probate.  Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.

Judy G. Russell

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 roots deep 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 National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. Her blog, The Legal Genealogist, is available at

On the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, 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℠.

To register, please fill out the Registration Form (Word).
Call 706-322-3175 for more information
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