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Upcoming presentations

The Legal Genealogist has a busy schedule coming up.

Including mostly institute courses, but others as well, so as always I want to invite you to come along, to the extent possible, on the trip…

Here’s an overview of what’s coming up in June, and we’ll go ahead and take a peek at July.

June-July 2022 calendar

June 2022

Saturday, 4 June, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. EDT: The Genealogical Society of New Jersey is hosting its all-day virtual 2022 Spring Conference, Jerseyology: Research in the Garden State — eight presentations in two tracks, so something for everybody. My presentation New Jersey’s Legal Treasures: The State Library’s Collections is slated for 10:30 a.m. EDT. Registration for the seminar is open at the GSNJ website but closes sooooooon!

Sunday, 5 June, 2 p.m. EDT: The Athens-Clarke Public Library, Athens, Georgia, is hosting the virtual presentation From 1619 to Juneteenth – Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War. Registration for the presentation is open at the library website.

Saturday, 11 June, 10:30 a.m. EDT: The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists-Middlesex Chapter is hosting the virtual presentation In the Poor House: Legal Record of Debt. Details are available at the MSOG-Middlesex website.

Monday-Friday, 20-24 June: The June session of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh kicks off the summer institute season with its first nine courses. Rick Sayre and I will be co-coordinating our sold-out course, Law School for Genealogists, and I’ll also be lecturing in Gena Philibert-Ortega’s new course, Beyond a Name and Date: Advanced Practices in Social History. Some courses may still have a seat available if you act fast. See the GRIP website for details.

Tuesday, 21 June, 7 p.m. EDT: The Cape Cod Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation NARA MythBusters: Your Family IS in the Archives. Details will be available soon at the society website.

July 2022

Sunday, 10 July, 2 p.m. EDT: The Monmouth County Genealogy Society here in New Jersey is hosting the virtual presentation Prerogatives and Surrogates: Probate in New Jersey. Watch the society’s Facebook page for more information.

Monday-Friday, 11-15 July: The July session of the Genealogical Research Institute will be held virtually, and I’m going to have a ball coordinating one of my favorite courses, Women & Children First! Research Strategies for the Hidden Half of the Family. My instructor team — including Blaine T. Bettinger, Catherine Becker Wiest Desmarais, Michael S. Ramage, Richard G. Sayre, Marian Smith and Ari Wilkins — is stellar! I’ll also be lecturing on New Jersey laws and courts in Melissa Johnson’s great course, Gateway to the Garden State: New Jersey Research. Check the GRIP website for details on any available seats in any courses.

Tuesday-Thursday, 12-14 July: The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute gets underway virtually and, in between GRIP classes, I’m honored to be teaching four subjects: Slavery and the Law, Resolving Conflicting Evidence, Public Records and the Law and Slavery in the North.

Saturday, 16 July, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT: The Mississippi Genealogical Society is getting together in person for its annual seminar in Pearl, and I’ll be presenting four lectures: (1) Dower & Dowry: Women, Property, and Legal Records; (2) NARA MythBusters: Your Family IS in the Archives; (3) Putting Those Records to Work; and (4) Landing the Fourths: Proving a Case with Court, Land, and DNA Evidence. For more information and to register, check out the seminar website for full details.

Monday-Friday, 25-29 July: The 2022 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research rounds out the summer virtual institute season. I’m coordinating Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis, supported by a terrific team: LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson; Melissa A. Johnson; David McDonald; David E. Rencher; Angela Packer McGhie; Thomas W. Jones; and Michael L. Strauss. And in my abundant spare time (ahem…), I’ll be lecturing as well in the Intermediate Genealogy, Advanced Library Research and African American courses.

Thursday, 28 July, 8 p.m. EDT: The Kane County Genealogical Society, Geneva, Illinois, and the Batavia Public Library are jointly hosting the virtual presentation Through the Golden Door-Immigration after the Civil War. Watch the library’s events page for more information.

Come on out and join us, if you can, 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 reaaaaaaally good reasons for joining genealogical societies… Just sayin’…

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Coming up: June-July 2022,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 1 June 2022).

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