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Upcoming presentations

It’s the height of the institute season for The Legal Genealogist, which means a very busy schedule coming up.

For those events that aren’t institute courses, 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 July, and we’ll go ahead and take a peek at August.

July August 2022

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. Register through Thursday on the society’s website.

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.

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.

August 2022

Saturday, 6 August, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. EDT: The Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio is hosting an all day event: Researching African American Ancestors: A Virtual Seminar. There will be six speakers presenting on a variety of topics; my own presentation, From 1619 to Juneteenth – Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. For more information and to register, check out the seminar website for full details.

Monday-Friday, 8-12 August: The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records gets underway virtually and I’m honored to be teaching on federal courts and their records in two sessions: Making a Federal Case Out of It and Busted, Bankrupt, Banged Up: The Stories in Federal Court Records.

Wednesday, 10 August, noon NZST (9 August 9 p.m. EDT): The Auckland (NZ) Council Libraries and the Genealogical Computing Group SIG of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists are hosting the virtual presentation Of Delinquents and Common Scolds: Women, Children and Criminal Justice as a pre-expo event for the Auckland Family History Expo 2022. Check the event page for more information.

Friday, 12 August, 6 p.m. NZST (2 a.m. EDT): The Auckland Family History Expo 2022 officially gets underway with my presentation Suffer the Little Children. Then on Saturday and Sunday (New Zealand time), I’ll be one of 13 international and local speakers (some presenting in person and some virtually). My own presentations are on Saturday, 13 August, Copyright Mythconceptions at 10 a.m. NZST (Friday 6 p.m. EDT), and DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy at noon NZST (Friday 8 p.m. EDT), and then on Sunday, 14 August, That Scoundrel George at 10 a.m. NZST (Friday 6 pm EDT), and No, no Nanette! What negative evidence is … and isn’t at noon NZST (Saturday 8 p.m. EDT). Check the event page for more information.

Friday and Saturday, 19-20 August: The Southern California Genealogical Society’s Genetic Genealogy 2022 virtual conference, part of Jamboree 2022, gets going with talks from more than 20 speakers. My own presentation, When Enough Is Enough, is scheduled for Saturday, 20 August, at 11:15 a.m. PDT (2:15 p.m. EDT). To register and for more information, see the Genetic Genealogy 2022 event page.

Thursday, 25 August, 6 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. EDT): The Emily Fowler Central Library in Denton, Texas, is hosting the virtual presentation “Don’t Forget the Ladies!” — A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law. Watch the library’s events page for more information.

Friday and Saturday, 26-27 August: The Genealogy Jamboree 2022 from the Southern California Genealogical Society will feature live and recorded talks from 47 international speakers. My presentation, Follow the Money! Records of the Record Makers, can be viewed starting on the 27th through October 31. To register and for more information, see the Genealogy Jamboree 2022 event page.

Saturday, 27 August, 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT): The Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, is hosting the virtual presentation Who in the World was Paul Knop? Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence. To register and for more information, see the event page.

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: July-August 2022,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 5 July 2022).

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