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Upcoming presentations

The Legal Genealogist is way behind in posting — about upcoming events, genealogy news, or just about anything.


That’s because things are busy. Which is an explanation, not an excuse.

So… here’s the scoop on at least my own upcoming calendar, and — 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 May, and we’ll go ahead and take a peek at June.

Upcoming May-June

May 2023

Thursday, 4 May, 10:30 a.m. CDT: The Sweetgrass (Texas) Genealogy Club is hosting the virtual presentation Informed Consent: DNA’s Essential Ethical Underpinning. Open to members and Sweetgrass residents only; more info on the club’s private Facebook page.

Saturday, 6 May, starting at 9:45 a.m. CDT: The St. Louis Genealogical Society is holding its hybrid in-person/virtual Family History Conference 2023 at the Maryland Heights Community Center. I’ll be one of five speakers (it’s a great line-up!!) and I’ll be in-person, presenting four lectures during the day: in the morning, Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War and Advertising the Law: The Gems in the Legal Notices; and in the afternoon, Of Delinquents and Common Scolds: Women, Children, and Criminal Justice and After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA. For more information and to register, see the event page.

Tuesday, 9 May, 7 p.m. EDT: The Butler County Chapter of OGS is hosting the virtual presentation Putting Those Records to Work, open to members only.

Saturday, 13 May, 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT): The Clallam County (Washington) Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation Quarantined! — Genealogy, the Law and Public Health. Members will receive a link to the meeting. Guests, call the Research Center for the Zoom link.

Saturday, 13 May, 4 p.m. EDT: The American-Canadian Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence as part of its 50th anniversary year-long webinar series. For more information and to register, see this event page.

Tuesday, 16 May, 8 p.m. EDT: The Board for Certification of Genealogists, in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars, is hosting the webinar presentation of What’s in a Name: Name Changes and the Law. To register and for more information, see the webinar page.

Thursday, 18 May, 7 p.m. EDT: I have the privilege of presenting the Keeping It Legal element of a multi-week workshop on Essential Business Skills for Genealogists, offered by the Family History Academy. It’s too late for this course, but… there are others.

Saturday, 20 May, 1 p.m. EDT: The Lycoming County (PA) Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation Using Google Books to Find the Law. For more information, keep an eye on the upcoming events page.

Wednesday, 24 May, 7:30 p.m. EDT: The Montgomery County (MD) Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy. For more information and to register, see the event page.

And last, but hardly least for May and into the start of June:

Wednesday, 31 May, through Saturday, 3 June: The National Genealogical Society with the aid of the local host, the Virginia Genealogical Society, will throw one of the big genealogy parties of the year when the 2023 Family History Conference explores The Deep Roots of a Nation in Richmond, Virginia. I’ll be there, presenting The Road to Freedom in the Mid-Atlantic (June 1 at 4:00 p.m. EDT); The Road to Decision: Family History in Virginia’s Federal Court Records (June 2 at 2:30 p.m. EDT, both in person and online at home); and From Grey to Blue: Galvanized Yankees Taming the West (June 3 at 8 a.m. EDT). I’ll also be the luncheon speaker for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) on June 1, with Just Three Generations: New York Style. With the conference’s in-person and virtual components, there’s something for everybody. For more information and to register, see the conference website.

June 2023

Monday-Friday, 12-16 June: The Texas Institute of Genealogical Research runs virtually for the entire week, and I’ll be coordinating a great new course: Legally Texas: Advanced Legal Research in the Lone Star State. My instructor team of Teri Flack and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson helps make this a don’t-miss course, even if you don’t have Texas roots. See the website for more information and to register — and hey… if my class is filled, there are others…

Saturday, 17 June, 9 a.m. AEST (Friday, 16 June, 11 p.m. EDT): The Genealogy Society of Queensland is hosting the virtual presentation Staying Out of Trouble-The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists. For more information and to register, see the event page.

Monday, 19 June, 7 p.m. EDT: The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) is hosting the virtual presentation From 1619 to Juneteenth – Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War as part of the June virtual GRIP week (I’ll be taking a class and teaching in another that week). For more information and to register (registration will open in June), see the evening programs page.

Friday, 30 June, 7:30 p.m. EDT: The Bay Area (Texas) Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation Copyright Mythconceptions. To register, see the event page.

Come on out and join us, if you can, for one or more of these events and note, in some cases, that registration will be free or at a reduced cost to members of the host society — and some may well be 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: May-June 2023,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 3 May 2023).

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