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Speaking out in 2020

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

No-one before this moment 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 2020.

2020 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.


• 12-17: Course coordinator and instructor, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Salt Lake City
• 20-24: Instructor, SLIG Academy, Salt Lake City
• 25: Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County (Florida), winter program, West Palm Beach
• 27: South Bend Area (Indiana) Genealogical Society, webinar
• 31: Family Tree Webinars, webinar


• 8: New Jersey Family History Institute, virtual presentation
• 13: Georgia Genealogical Society, webinar
• 15: Connecticut Society of Genealogists, webinar
• 26-29: RootsTech, Salt Lake City


• 4: Minnesota Genealogical Society, webinar
• 7: DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island, Sachem Public Library
• 8: Monmouth County Genealogy Society
• 21: Delaware Genealogical Society, Wilmington
• 28: Harford County Public Library, Annual Genealogy Conference, Bel Air


• 4: St. Louis Genealogical Society, Maryland Heights
• 18: Sonoma County Genealogical Society, Santa Rosa, California
• 24-25: Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society, Tacoma, Washington
• 29-May 2: Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, Sandusky


• Apr 29-May 2: Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, Sandusky
• 9: Italian Genealogical Group, Bethpage, New York
• 20-24: NGS 2020 Conference, Salt Lake City
• 30: Capital District Genealogical Society, Albany, New York


• 15: Association of Professional Genealogists, webinar
• 21-26: Course coordinator, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College


• 6: North Hills (PA) Genealogists, evening session at GRIP II, LaRoche College
• 7: Instructor, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College
• 8-9: Midwest African-American Genealogical Institute, Fort Wayne, Indiana
• 10-11: Michigan Genealogical Council, Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, Lansing
• 13-17: Instructor, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
• 26-31: Course coordinator and instructor, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, Athens, Georgia


• 4: Instructor, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, “Researching Family in Pennsylvania,” Philadelphia
• 20: Florida State Genealogical Society, webinar


• 2-6: FGS 2020 Conference, Kansas City, Missouri
• 7-28: Personal research trip, Germany


• 3: South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, York
• 9-10: Minnesota Genealogical Society, North Star Conference, St. Louis Park
• 11: BCG Board Meeting, Salt Lake City (attending)
• 17: Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, Maryland
• 23: Family Tree Webinars, webinar


• 6-7: North Carolina Genealogical Society
• 13-15: Texas State Genealogical Society, Dallas
• 21: Sussex Genealogical Society (Delaware), webinar


• 12: Hudson County Genealogical Society, Secaucus, New Jersey
• 15: Board for Certification of Genealogists, webinar

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Looking ahead: 2020,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 3 Jan 2020).


  1. Yes, indeed, as in years past, my tongue really is stuck in my cheek, so much so 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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