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Four free lectures tomorrow

It’s been a tough year for everybody, and that includes the societies that The Legal Genealogist and the entire genealogical community all depend on to help preserve access to records, produce quality journals, and more.

What’s been truly heartwarming has been to see the way our community has stepped forward to support its societies — and the way the societies are saying thank you in return.

Case in point: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) and its Giving Tuesday, tomorrow, December 1, from 4-8 p.m. Eastern time.

Giving Tuesday

Its blog explains:

We have been grateful for the support of our members, donors, and friends during this eventful year.

To show our appreciation, we invite you to join us for NYG&B’s Day of Giving Back, four unique sessions held on Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2020).

Sessions will stream live on the NYG&B’s website and on our Facebook page on December 1, 2020, from 4–8 pm EST. All are welcome (no registration is necessary).

Like our Facebook page or make sure you’re signed up for our email newsletter—we’ll email you a link to watch on December 1.

The presentations — with Q&A to follow — are (in this order):

Release Your Inner Sherlock! Exploring genealogy for the first time
by Jennifer Baldwin

We all have the chance to allow our natural curiosity to take hold and play detective when we decide to learn about our family history. Learn the basics and join the fun!

“Deemed a Runaway”—Black Laws of the North,
by yours truly, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGL℠

Slavery’s force was felt far north of the Mason-Dixon Line, and the Black Laws of northern states created valuable records for tracing African-American families. Learn how understanding this law and its records can be uniquely rewarding for descendants of the enslaved and enslavers alike, and of those who were their neighbors and friends.

The What’s New in DNA Update,
by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD

Keeping track of new and changing tools and methodologies in the DNA/genetic genealogy world is tough. This session will you help stay on top of the latest developments.

Strengthen Your Analysis: Transcribing and Abstracting,
by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL℠

Genealogical proof requires the conduct of reasonably exhaustive research, preferably using original records. The emphasis on original sources means that the interpretation of handwritten records is an essential skill for genealogists. Using a variety of pre-20th century American documents, this lecture provides useful tips on the creation of a transcription—the first step in analyzing a handwritten document—and an abstract.

I’m honored to be one of the presenters and even more honored to be in a lineup with these folks.

C’mon out and join us, tomorrow, December 1, 4-8 p.m. Eastern time, during NYG&B’s Giving Tuesday.

Again, no registration is required — if you’re on the NYG&B email list, you’ll get an email link or you can visit the NYG&B home page to find the broadcast.

See you then.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Giving Tuesday from NYG&B,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 30 Nov 2020).

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