McElreath Hall Auditorium, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
“An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others” - The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments
Few researchers realize that many early federal and state laws were private laws -specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. The records can be fabulous for genealogists. Learn how to find these genealogical gems in federal and state collections.
Property Rights and Wrongs: African-Americans at the Courthouse
From being treated as property to having their property stolen by those who used the law against the freedmen, African Americans’ experience at the courthouse had only one bright spot: it created records for the genealogist-descendants of slaves and slave owners alike.
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Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep
Playing detective in court records can unmask those black sheep every family has – and it’s fun! Learn to understand the criminal process in both federal and state courts and how to find the records to put meat on the bones of the skeletons in your family's closet.
Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
Understanding what is and isn't copyrighted and what genealogists can and can't use is the key to staying out of trouble and to protecting our own work.
About our Speaker
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG , CGL The Legal Genealogist, is a lecturer, educator and writer – a genealogist with a law degree. She has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and completed Elizabeth Shown Mills’ course in Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis and Thomas W. Jones’ course in Writing and Publishing for Genealogists at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University. Russell now serves on the faculty at IGHR, at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and at Boston University’s Center for Professional Education.
In addition to her blog, The Legal Genealogist, Russell has written for both the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (see Judy G. Russell, “`Don’t Stop There!’ Connecting Josias Baker to His Burke County, North Carolina, Parents,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, March 2011, 25-41) and the National Genealogical Society Magazine (see Judy G. Russell, “Autosomal DNA testing,” National Genealogical Society Magazine, October-December 2011, 38-43, and “Fifty years of credentialing,” National Genealogical Society Magazine, January-March 2014, 15-19).
Russell is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and, among others, the state genealogical societies of New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Illinois. She lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in our family history to understanding DNA testing.
Registration & Cost
Lunch is on your own.
Cost: $25 Atlanta History Center and GGS members $35 Non-members $5.00 late registration fee
Postal mail registrations postmarked no later than Friday April 24, 2015
PayPal registrations due by midnight on April 29, 2015
Registrations received by deadline will be guaranteed handouts.