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Judy G. Russell: The Legal Genealogist Seminar

Presented by The California Genealogical Society

Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Judy G. Russell: The Legal Genealogist Seminar

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CGS Members, EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Sep 22, 2017 $90.00 $0.00
Non-Member, EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Sep 22, 2017 $115.00 $0.00
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Saturday, September 23, 2017


Want to really understand the why’s and how’s of how the law affected your ancestors? Then you’ve got to register today, at the Early Bird Price, to hear from the amazing Judy G. Russell!


Come experience what it’s like to learn from an expert in law and genealogy.  You’ll marvel at what you gain from her daylong series of classes.  Judy’s vast knowledge of genealogy and the law will help you begin to understand what your ancestors’ lives may have actually been like.  It’s a virtual goldmine for anyone serious about family history research.  


The seminar is being held in the ADA accessible, Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley.  This beautifully finished theater features natural bamboo walls and plush raised theatrical seating.  Key features include a hi-definition digital video and custom designed sound reinforcement by Meyer Sound.


It’s also convenient: In addition to an onsite public parking garage, the Brower Center is one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART and multiple bus lines.


Included with your admission are a wonderful lunch and assorted beverages available throughout the day. Doors open at 9:00.


Topics of Presentations


9:45 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. Learn about what copyright is, and what it isn’t.


11:00 Martha Benschura – Enemy Alien

Not all our ancestors were naturalized. The ones who didn’t suddenly became suspect when war divided their native countries from their new residences, creating the kinds of records genealogists love.

12:00 LUNCH 

1:00 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.


2:15 ABCs of DNA

New to the idea that DNA can help with genealogy? Learn about the three major test types - YDNA, mitochondrial (mtDNA) and the new autosomal DNA testing - and see what each offers to the genealogist.


 About Judy

Judy is a genealogist with a law degree and the creator of The Legal Genealogist. She helps people understand the often-impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are so important to family historians. Judy helps you understand the context in which events took place and how records were created to bring the past alive for you.

Judy holds Certified Genealogist (CG) and Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL) credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.




Pre-registration is required. Seminar size is limited so register early. 

This event is available to CGS Members and non-members.

Register now to confirm your seat and take advantage of the limited early bird special, available through July 1.

Use the convenient, on-site Oxford Garage for only $17/day maximum (after 4 hours).  The Oxford Garage is an underground parking facility located at 2165 Kittredge Street (West of Oxford Street) beneath the Oxford Plaza/David Brower Center complex, with pedestrian access from Allston Way, Oxford Street, and Kittredge Street. 


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David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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