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To the hosts and more of 2022

It’s hard to know just how to feel as this crazy crazy year of 2022 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 next to the last day of 2022?

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. The pandemic isn’t really over. Even if travel wasn’t still somewhat perilous, the travel woes keep getting worse. Add to that a new house (meaning new everything: doctor, dentist, eye doctor, veterinarian, lawyer, Indian chief…) and… sigh… I really am glad this year is coming to an end.

Year end thanks, 2022

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 otherwise here at the end of 2022, and goes out first to each and every single one of my 2022 hosts:

Legacy Family Tree webinars, and hosts Geoff Rasmussen and Marian Pierre Louis who always make things so easy
California Society DAR
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
American-Canadian Genealogical Society
Manatee Genealogical Society
Florida Genealogical Society – Tampa
Qualicum Beach Family History Society
Genealogical Society of Sarasota
Fellowship of Rotarian Genealogists
Fayetteville Public Library
Town & Country Public Library
Northland Genealogy Society
Chester County History Center
Family History Society of Arizona
Schenectady County Historical Society
History for Ukraine
New Bern-Craven County Public Library
THE Genealogy Show
SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2022
Botany Bay Family History Society
Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society
Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists
Wisconsin Historical Society
Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society
Sonoma County Genealogical Society
Tennessee State Library & Archives
Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
Clallam County Genealogical Society
National Genealogical Society, Sacramento
Genealogical Society of New Jersey
Athens-Clarke County Library
Middlesex Chapter MSOG
Cape Cod Genealogical Society
Monmouth County Genealogical Society
Mississippi Genealogical Society
Kane County Genealogical Society and Batavia Public Library
Western Reserve Historical Society
Auckland Family History Expo
Emily Foweler Central Library, Denton
Northwest Suburban Genealogical Society
Kentucky Genealogical Society
New York State Family History Conference
Seattle Genealogical Society
Association of Professional Genealogists, Writers SIG
Association of Professional Genealogists PMC
NJ State Society DAR
Fox Valley Genealogical Society
Montana State Genealogical Society
Contra Costa County Genealogical Society
Family History Down Under 2022
Castle Rock County Genealogical Society
Bucks County Genealogical Society

And a huge thank-you also goes to the institutes where I was privileged to teach in 2022, and to the students I was privileged to teach and to learn from. At the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), I served as coordinator of the “Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis” course. At one session of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Rick Sayre and I co-coordinated “Law School for Genealogists” and in the other I coordinated “Women and Children First! Research Methods for the Hidden Members of the Family.” And thanks to the other coordinators who let me come play in their classes at these institutes and at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute.

This has been a tough year. To all of you who’ve made it survivable, my thanks. To all of you who kept me SAFE this year — and you know who you are — my very special thanks.

A very very special thanks goes out to my friend, colleague and comrade in mischief, Helen Smith of Australia, my fellow traveler through the Northern Territory this year, who reminded me that slowing down and smelling the flowers (and watching the birds and petting the koalas) is a really good idea in a really frenetic time…

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.

Onward… to what we all can hope will be a better, safer, happier, healthier, maybe even a calmer 2023.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “The Official TLG 2022 Thank You List,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 30 Dec 2022).

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