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Upcoming presentations

It’s a busy summer for The Legal Genealogist, and that’s not changing any time soon.

Between individual presentations, institute courses and — sigh — settling in as much as possible with two feline toddlers (new kittens!), it’s been a bit crazed around here.

But at least for the genealogy events, 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 August, and we’ll go ahead and take a peek at September.

August-September 2023

August 2023

Saturday, 5 August, through Saturday, 12 August: The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is hosting the multi-day virtual Pennsylvania’s Genealogy Event (PaGE) 2023. There will be six keynote speakers on the two Saturdays and 30 lectures on demand in between, plus live Q&As to boot. My own presentations are Recording Pennsylvania: Legal Origins of Keystone State Records and Courting Pennsylvania: The Courts of the Keystone State, and the live Q&A is scheduled for Sunday, 6 August, from 11 a.m. to noon EDT. For more information, check out the seminar website for full details and to register.

Monday-Friday, 7-11 August: The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records gets underway in person again at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., 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.

Monday, 7 August, through Thursday, 10 August: The Oklahoma Genealogical Society kicks off its hybrid seminar-workshop Accessing Records & Thinking Genealogically. There’s an in-person component for those who want that, and there’s a virtual component for those who prefer that. Seven different speakers will be in the two formats, and my own presentation Building a Family Using Circumstantial Evidence: Who in the World was Paul Knop? is scheduled for 9 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. EDT) Wednesday, 9 August. Check the event page for more information.

Wednesday, 30 August, 7 p.m. EDT: The Sachem (NY) Public Library is hosting the virtual presentation Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War. To register and for more information, see the event page.

September 2023

Wednesday, 6 September, 7 p.m. EDT: The North Carolina Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation Legal Lingo in the Tarheel State: Using Black’s Law Dictionary. To register and for more information, see the event page.

Thursday, 7 September, 7 p.m. EDT: The Centre County (PA) Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation Death by Undue Means – Coroner’s Records. To register and for more information, keep an eye on the Meetings & Events page where more info will be available.

Friday, 8 September, through Sunday, 10 September: The AHSGR/GRHS Edmonton Alberta Chapter is hosting its virtual Wall Breaker Conference, Dark Histories & Sad Truths. Lots of great speakers and some terrific presentations are slated. My own presentations are Quarantined! – Genealogy, the Law and Public Health on Friday, 8 September, at 3:30 p.m. MDT (5:30 p.m. EDT), and then on Saturday, September 9, I’m presenting Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will at 1:30 p.m. MDT (3:30 p.m. EDT), How Old Did He Have To Be…? at 2:30 MDT (4:30 EDT), and “Death by Undue Means” – Coroner’s Records at 3:30 p.m. MDT (5:30 EDT). To register and for more information, see the conference page. The link to register is the green Buy Tickets button at the top.

Tuesday, 12 September, 11 a.m. EDT: The Indian River (FL) Genealogical Society is hosting the virtual presentation Finding the Law. For more information, see the calendar page; the pre-registration link will be available on the society homepage in September.

Starting Wednesday, 15 September, and continuing Wednesdays through November 13: The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is hosting fall virtual classes including one I’m instructing in: Intermediate Foundations is a terrific course to set any genealogist on the road to advanced classes in 2024. For more information, see the courses page; registration information can be found here.

Tuesday, 19 September, 7:15 p.m. CDT (8 p.m. EDT): The St. Cloud Area Genealogists is hosting the virtual presentation Finding the Law. Free to members and fee-based for non-members, for more information, see the society’s Facebook page.

Thursday, 21 September, 7:15 p.m. EDT: The Ford’s Colony (VA) Genealogy Club is hosting the virtual presentation NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives. For more information, see the society’s meeting schedule 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: August-September 2023,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 2 August 2023).

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