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Speaking out in 2018

The Legal Genealogist is quite certain that it will come as a great surprise to everyone out there.

2018 calendarYou would never ever have guessed that … well … I like to talk about genealogy.

I know, I know. Such a shocking revelation.1

Can’t help it — with my most of my family tending to roll their eyes when I even say the word genealogy, I have to have an outlet someplace. And I got hooked on having people laugh at my jokes during all those years of teaching law students.2

Fortunately, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years as a genealogist, it’s that genealogists like to listen — and learn — and share stories.

And I’m privileged to have been chosen to speak to — and learn from — and share stories with some excellent genealogists coming up throughout 2018.

So if you’re of a mind to come out and listen — and learn — and share with me your stories, too, here are some options: conferences, seminars and lectures where you can find me.


• 3: North Carolina Genealogical Society, “Courting North Carolina” Webinar
• 8: Wabash Valley Genealogical Society, Records Access Webinar
• 21-26: Course coordinator, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Salt Lake City


• 24: Pinellas Genealogical Society, Largo, Florida
• 28-March 2: RootsTech, Salt Lake City


• 3: Orange County Genealogical Society, Huntington Beach, CA
• 9-12: Australasian Congress 2018, Sydney, Australia


• 18: Legacy Family Tree webinar, “Lincoln’s Laws and the Records of War”
• 21: Rochester Genealogical Society, New York
• 27-28: Nebraska State Genealogical Society, Columbus, Nebraska


• 2-6: NGS 2017 Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan
• 19: Centre County Genealogical Society, State College, Pennsylvania


• 3-7: Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, Athens, Georgia
• 25-29: Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College


• 7: McHenry County Genealogical Society, Crystal Lake, Illinois
• 10-12: Midwest African-American Genealogical Institute, Fort Wayne, Indiana
• 13-14: South Carolina Genealogical Society, Columbia, South Carolina
• 16-20: Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
• 23-27: Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College
• 31: “Researching Family in Pennsylvania” course, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


• 22-25: FGS 2018 Conference, Fort Wayne, Indiana


• 5: North Carolina Genealogical Society, Webinar
• 6: German Genealogy Group, Hicksville NY
• 13-15: New York State Family History Conference, Tarrytown, New York


• 21: BCG Board Meeting, Salt Lake City – attending
• 27: Johnson County Genealogical Society, Kansas


• 13: Central Jersey Genealogical Club, Trenton, New Jersey


  1. Yes, indeed, my tongue really is sticking so deeply into my cheek that my ear is in danger…
  2. No comments, please, about the possibility that they laughed only because I got to grade them at the end of the semester.
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