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No, that’s not a mistake

A matter of genearosity, huh?

The Legal Genealogist assures you, that’s not a typo.

It’s not misspelled.

It’s the title of a new quarterly webinar series offered by the Virtual Genealogical Association, and it’s one I’m delighted to be the lead-off speaker for, this Saturday, February 6, at noon Eastern time.

VGA webinar

VGA wanted to do something a little different than the usual webinar series: it wanted to do a series that not only offered an educational component to attendees, but also a specific payback to the genealogical community. So the idea is that the speaker — me in this case — gets to choose a genealogical good work to receive all the profits from the webinar.

Instead of a speaker fee and all that, the funds will go to a specific genealogical purpose instead. And the minute VGA broached the idea, I was all in.

So this Saturday at noon Eastern, you can join me for Lost and Found: The Children in Our Family Histories, and the funds raised by the registration fees will go to my chosen charitable genealogical purpose: the Paul Edward Sluby, Sr. African American Scholarship of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Registration is $10 for members of the Virtual Genealogical Association and $15 for non-members — and every penny of the profit goes to the Sluby Scholarship.

In the webinar, we’ll cover the reasons why we want to study all these youngest members of our families, even those who didn’t survive to leave descendants. We’ll talk about ways to be sure we look for the children, especially those whose entire lives were lived between censuses. And we’ll talk about some of the record types we might find for all the children in our family trees.

I think you’ll find the topic as richly rewarding as I do… and I know the cause we’re supporting with the registration fees is a good one — helping to educate and train a new generation of researchers in an historically under-served population.

You can find more information about the Genearosity Series and this lecture here on the VGA website, and the links to register are on that page.

Hope to “see” you online, Saturday, February 6, at noon Eastern, for this inaugural Genearosity lecture — and check back each quarter for more!

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “A matter of genearosity,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 3 Feb 2021).

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