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Speaking out in 2019

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

You 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 most of my family tending to roll their eyes when I even say the word genealogy, I have to have an outlet somewhere. 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 2019.

2019 calendar

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.


• 2: Legacy Family Tree Webinar, “DNA Rights and Wrongs: The Ethical Side of Testing,” (now online, free through 8 January, by subscription thereafter)
• 5: Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa, via webinar, “Living with Legal Lingo,” 11 a.m. ET
• 13-19: Course coordinator and instructor, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Salt Lake City
• 21-25: Instructor, SLIG and SLIG Academy, Salt Lake City


• 12: Illinois State Genealogical Society webinar, “Revelers, Hogkillers and Disobedient Children: Early Illinois Laws,” 9 p.m. CT
• 16: West Valley Genealogical Society 2019 Annual Seminar, Sun City West, Arizona


• 8: Alabama Genealogical Society, pre-seminar lecture
• 9: Alabama Genealogical Society 2019 Spring Seminar, Samford University, Birmingham
• 16: Williamson County Genealogical Society Annual Seminar, Round Rock, Texas
• 27: The Villages Genealogical Society, Florida
• 30: Lancaster Family History Conference, Lancaster, Pennsylvania


• 12-13: Virginia Genealogical Society 2019 Spring Conference, Richmond
• 22: Genealogical Society of Bergen County, New Jersey


• 8-12: NGS 2019 Conference, St. Charles, Missouri
• 18: Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison
• 30 – June 2: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank


• May 30 – June 2: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank
• 7-8: The Genealogy Show UK, Birmingham, England
• 23-28: Course coordinator, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College


• 9-11: Midwest African-American Genealogical Institute, Fort Wayne, Indiana
• 21-26: Course coordinator and instructor, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, Athens, Georgia
• 30: “Researching Family in Pennsylvania” course, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


• 2: Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
• 3: Dallas Genealogical Society 2019 Summer Seminar, Dallas
• 17: Akron-Summit County Public Library, Ohio
• 21-24: FGS 2019 Conference, Washington, D.C. (attending)


• 6-8: BCG Board Meeting, Salt Lake City (attending)
• 14: Chester County Historical Society, Chester, Pennsylvania
• 28: Larimer County Genealogical Society 2019 Conference For A Cause, Loveland, Colorado


• 5: Wichita Genealogical Society, Kansas
• 18-19: Arkansas Genealogical Society, 2019 Fall Seminar
• 22: MyHeritage Webinar, “Privacy: How to Protect Your Information on MyHeritage,” 2 p.m.
• 26: Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Fort Wayne


• 2: San Mateo County Genealogical Society, California
• 9: North San Diego Genealogical Society, California


  1. Yes, indeed, as in years past, 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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