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To the hosts and more of 2021

It’s hard to know just how to feel as this crazy crazy year of 2021 draws finally to a close.

On one hand, The Legal Genealogist can’t help but glance at the calendar with the usual reaction: It isn’t really already…?

How can it be…?


Can it really be the last day of 2021?

On the other hand, it seems like it’s been literally forever that this year has dragged on, and so many times it’s felt like it was never really going to end. And with yet another letter of the Greek alphabet getting a workout — hello, Omicron, now please leave — we’re all doing an awful lot of “goodbye–good riddance–don’t let the door hit you on the way out” thinking today, aren’t we?

thank you 2021

But even with all we’ve dealt and fought over and cried about, there are still so many people who made a difference this year. Who helped keep me afloat. Who kept my spirits up. Who taught me. Who challenged me. Who gave me a chance to be heard. Who were there.

So the traditional year-end thanks is even more heartfelt than usual here at the end of 2021. First to the hosts, who so ably shifted — often with wry humor and rolled eyes — to the virtual environment:

African-American SIG, Genealogy Forum of Oregon
African American Genealogy Group, Philadelphia
Lorain County Chapter, OGS
Naugatuck Valley (CT) Genealogy Club
Kinseekers of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee
Society of Australian Genealogists
Sussex County (DE) Genealogical Society
Capital District (NY) Genealogical Society
Milwaukee Genealogical Society
Germanic Genealogical Society
Newtown (CT) Genealogy Club
West Florida Genealogical Society
William & Mary Lemon Project
Wake County (NC) Genealogical Society
Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library
Skagit Valley (WA) Genealogical Society
South Orange County California Genealogical Society
Friends of Corpus Christi Public Libraries
Virginia Genealogical Society
San Diego Genealogical Society
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Chicago
Northwest Suburban (IL) Genealogy Society
Family History Down Under Online (Australia)
New York Family History Conference
Family Tree webinars, and hosts Geoff Rasmussen and Marian Pierre-Louis who make things easy
APG Professional Management Conference
Genealogy Friends of Plano (TX) Libraries
Utah Genealogical Society Summit of Excellence
Lee County (FL) Genealogical Society
Genealogical Society of North Orange County California
Central Jersey Genealogy Club
Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society, California
Albuquerque (NM) Genealogical Society
Boulder (CO) Genealogical Society
Plainfield (NJ) Public Library
Alabama Genealogical Society
New Mexico Genealogical Society
The Villages Genealogical Society
Appleton (WI) Public Library
International German Genealogy Conference
National Capitol Chapter-APG
The Germanna Foundation
Bucks County (PA) Genealogical Society
Archives of Michigan
New Jersey State Library
Sacramento (CA) Public Library
Main Line (PA) Genealogy Club
South King County (WA) Genealogical Society
Chula Vista Genealogical Society
National Genealogical Society, LIVE!
Mount Vernon Genealogical Society
Cobb County (GA) Genealogical Society
Wabash Valley Genealogical Society
Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
Orange County (NY) Genealogical Society
BCG Education Fund Workshop
APG Forensic Genealogy Section
Ventura County (CA) Genealogical Society
Mecklenburg (NC) Genealogical Society
Orange County (CA) Genealogical Society
Jewish Genealogical Society of North Jersey
Ridgefield (CT) Historical Society
Bristol Chapter MSOG
California Society DAR
RootsTech Connect 2021
Middlesex Chapter MSOG
Virtual Genealogical Association
Harford County (MD) Public Library
Genealogical Society of New Jersey
Sonoma County (CA) Genealogical Society
Italian Genealogical Group

And a huge thank-you also goes to the institutes where I was privileged to teach in 2021, and to the students I was privileged to teach and to learn from. At the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January, I coordinated the “Corpus Juris: Advanced Law for Genealogists” course. At the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), I served as coordinator of the “Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis” course. And at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Rick Sayre and I co-rdinated two sessions of “Law School for Genealogists.” And thanks to the other coordinators who let me come play in their classes at these institutes and at the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute and the “Researching Family in Pennsylvania” program at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

To all those cancelled or rescheduled in 2021, well, let’s just plan on 2022 or even 2023, shall we?

I would definitely be remiss if I didn’t extend a very special thanks to Blaine Bettinger, genetic genealogist extraordinaire who, in his abundant spare time (koff koff), is a patent and trademark specialist who answered my questions patiently so that The Legal Genealogist became The Legal Genealogist® in 2021.

And to all of you who’ve made this year survivable, my thanks.

To those of you who kept me SAFE this year — and you know who you are — my very special thanks.

And to you, the readers of this blog… what can I say? You’ve challenged me, taught me, laughed with me, cried with me. And here, at year’s end, we can finally say we made it through this crazy year.

The bottom line, as always, is that any year with good friends — old and new — is a good year here at The Legal Genealogist. Er… The Legal Genealogist®. (😀)


Onward… to what we all can hope will be a better, safer, happier, healthier, fully vaccinated 2022.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “The Official TLG 2021 Thank You List,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 31 Dec 2021).

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