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Upcoming presentations

Yes, this schedule should have been posted last Friday.

That was, after all, the first of the month.

The Legal Genealogist has a really good excuse, of course.

Something called the 1950 census.

But still … I do want to invite you along, to the extent possible, to events in which I’m participating, and I’ve already missed a couple in April!

So, without further delay, here’s what’s coming up in the rest of April, with a look ahead to May as well.

Calendar for April-May

April 2022

Friday, 8 April, 1 p.m. EDT: Legacy Family Tree Webinars is hosting its third annual genealogy webinar marathon on April 7-8, and my presentation Doing Time – Prison Records as Genealogy Resources is slated for Friday the 8th at 1 p.m. EDT. Registration for the marathon is open at the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website, and remember — the recordings will be available free for a time afterwards.

Saturday, 9 April, 1:30 p.m. EDT: The Downstate Delaware Genealogy Society is hosting the virtual presentation The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search. Free to members, non-members can register for a fee at this Eventbrite page.

Tuesday, 12 April, 7 p.m. PDT/10 p.m. EDT: The Tacoma-Pierce Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives. Check the Events Calendar for more information.

Thursday, 14 April, 7 p.m. EDT: The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists is hosting the virtual members-only presentation DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy. Check the Events Calendar for more information.

Saturday, 16 April, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT/10 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT: The Wisconsin Historical Society is hosting an all-day event On the Margins: Genealogy, The Law and Women, Children, and Minorities. The topics we’ll cover are (1) “Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law; (2) Breaker Boys and Spinner Girls: Child Labor Laws and their Records; (3) Deemed a Runaway – Black Laws of the North; and (4) To the Honorable, General Assembly–The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions. For more information, check the Event Details page, where registration will open shortly.

Saturday, 23 April, 9 a.m.-noon CDT/10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT: The Rock Island County Illinois Genealogy Society is hosting its 50th anniversary mini virtual conference, with two presentations: Putting Those Records to Work and Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will. Get more info and register at the RICIGS Virtual Genealogical Conference page.

Saturday, 30 April, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. PDT/noon-7 p.m. EDT: The Sonoma County Genealogical Society is hosting its 29th annual Spring Seminar in virtual format this year. The topics are (1) Putting Those Records to Work, (2) Advertising the Law: The Gems in the Legal Notices, (3) NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives, and (4) After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA. More information is on the seminar page; scroll down the page to the registration link.

May 2022

Wednesday, 11 May, 7 p.m. EDT: Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana is hosting the virtual presentation “Don’t Forget the Ladies” – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law. Use this link for more information and to register.

Saturday, 14 May, 10 a.m. PDT /1 p.m. EDT: Clallam County Genealogical Society (Port Angeles, Washington) is hosting the virtual presentation Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans. See the events page for more information.

Tuesday-Saturday, 24-29 May: The National Genealogical Society is hosting its first in-person national conference since 2019 at the Convention Center in Sacramento, California. With a strong virtual component, the conference — themed “Our American Mosaic” — offers something for everybody. I’ll be there with four presentations: (1) “Las Leyes de California: Spanish Colonial Laws and the Records They Produced” (also part of the At-Home stream on Saturday); (2) “Margaret’s Mother: Using DNA to Solve a Mystery;” (3) “What’s in a Name: Name Changes and the Law;” and (4) “Linking Generations: Using Court and Land Records.” Online registration closes before in-person does, so check out the conference website for full details.

Come on out and join us, virtually or (gasp!) in-person even, for one or more of these events and note, in many cases, that registration will be free or at a reduced cost to members of the host society — and some are limited to members only… There are some gooooooood reasons for joining genealogical societies… Just sayin’…

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Coming up: April-May,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 7 Apr 2022).

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