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To the hosts and more of 2019

It isn’t really already…?

How can it be…?


Can it really be the last day of 2019 — and the decade — already?


New Years Eve 2019

Looking back, it’s been yet another whirlwind year where I’ve had the chance to meet folks from a wide variety of backgrounds at a wide variety of institutes, conferences and genealogical societies — large and small — and I’ve simply had a ball.

I’ve learned from each and every one of them. I’ve had chances to laugh — and sometimes to share a tear.

I’ve been taught about resources I hadn’t seen before, and been given chances to advance my own research.

I’ve met cousins — some of whom I hadn’t even known I had.

It’s been a wonderful year. So it can’t end without a heartfelt thank you to so many people who’ve made it the year it’s been, including each and every single one of my 2019 hosts:

Family Tree webinars, and hosts Geoff Rasmussen and Marian Pierre-Louis who make things easy
Florida Genealogical Society-Tampa, webinar
Illinois State Genealogical Society, webinar
West Valley (Arizona) Genealogical Society
Alabama Genealogical Society
Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society
The Villages (Florida) Genealogical Society
Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Family History Conference
Virginia Genealogical Society
Alexandria (Virginia) Public Library, webinar
Florida State Genealogical Society, webinar and virtual conference
National Genealogical Society, St. Charles
Wisconsin Historical Society
Society of Australia Genealogists, webinar
Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
THE Genealogy Show, Birmingham, England
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, GRIP evening lecture
Dallas (Texas) Genealogical Society
Akron-Summit (Ohio) Public Library and Summit County Chapter, OGS
Federation of Genealogical Societies, Washington, D.C.
Board for Certification of Genealogists Reisinger Lectures
Chester County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society
APG Professional Management Conference, Salt Lake City
Utah Genealogical Society, virtual confererence
Germanic Genealogy Society of Minnesota, webinar
Larimer County (Colorado) Genealogical Society, Conference for a Cause
Wichita (Kansas) Genealogical Society
Virtual Genealogical Association, Online Conference
Old York (Pennsylvania) Genealogical Society
Arkansas Genealogical Society
Allen County Genealogical Society and The Allen County Public Library
Center for Jewish History, New York City
San Mateo County Genealogical Society
North San Diego County Genealogical Society
German Genealogy Group, NY
U.S. National Archives, New York City
Family History Society of Arizona, webinar

A huge thank-you also goes to the institutes where I was privileged to teach in 2018 2019 (darned fat fingers…), and to the students I was privileged to teach and to learn from. At the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), in January, I co-coordinated the “Family History Law Library” course with Rick Sayre. At the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in July, I served as coordinator of the “Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis” course at the University of Georgia in Athens. In July, I coordinated the new “Understanding and Using Legal Documents for Genealogical Research” course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). And thanks to the other coordinators who let me come play in their classes at these institutes and at the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute in Fort Wayne, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records at the National Archives, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia..

Now if I tried to list all the individuals who went out of their way to make things not just easy but wonderful and fun, I’d still be writing at the end of 2020. But I can’t end without singling out a couple of people in particular who went above and beyond — and then some.

• My friends and colleagues Ari Wilkins and Kelvin Meyers for making sure I got to do some of my own research, in the books, in the records and on the ground, in Texas.

• My friend and colleague Linda McCreary for personalized tour guide service in Arizona.

• Just about all the genealogists of Colorado who gave me hints and tips for a great driving trip from Utah to Colorado in between speaking gigs.

• And FGS national conference chair Pam Sayre for making sure I got go along on one of Dr. Deb Abbott’s guided tours of the heartbreakingly fabulous National Museum of African American History and Culture — and to Dr. Deb Abbott for her personal guidance.

To all of them, and to all of those who’ve made this year so special, my thanks.

And to you, the readers of this blog… what can I say but thank you? You’ve challenged me, taught me, laughed with me, cried with me.

Another good year here at The Legal Genealogist. With good friends — old and new, and good fun.


Onward… into the new decade.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “The Official TLG 2019 Thank You List,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 31 Dec 2019).

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