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Enjoy the instruction of nationally renowned lecturer, The Legal Genealogist, Judy G Russell in the comfort of your own home at your pace.

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Over, Around and Through Genealogical Problems

Alabama Genealogical Society's Fall Webinar Series for 2021

Four seminar programs will be prerecorded especially for our audience, featuring Judy G Russell. The seminars will be available for all registrants for 30 days, starting August 28, 2021.


1. After the Courthouse Burns: Rekinkling Family History through DNA (Cherokee County, Alabama, case study)

Catastrophic records losses, due to fires and disasters at courthouses, is a fact of life for genealogists. When a disaster takes out birth, marriage, death, court, land, and probate records all in one fell swoop, it may still be possible to light our family’s research fires — to rekindle our interest in our ancestral roots — using DNA evidence.

2. Roadblocks, Red Lights and Detours: Records Access for Genealogists

This was supposed to be the Age of the Information Superhighway. Instead, even as so many records are coming online, doors are being slammed shut on so many more – often due to records that aren't and won't be online now and perhaps never. As a community and as individuals, learn what we can do to protect records access.

3. No Vitals? No Problem! – Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence (A Family for Isabella-- tracing a woman married before the 1850 census)

When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.

4. Polls, Personalty* and Property — Making Sense of Tax Lists

Somebody had to pay the government’s bills, and they did it through the law by imposing taxes on polls, personal property, and real property. The records of those taxes offer some of the best clues available to discovering our ancestors, their families, and their neighborhoods.

* From Black's Law Dictionary, 1891 1st edition, p 894: PERSONALTY. Personal property; movable property; chattels.


Program Cost

Active AGS members receive a discount on our two major educational programs each year. This set of four webinar programs are available to you at $15 (regular $25)! Click on the "Tickets" button at the top to register.

If you are not an active member, but would like to be, you may join here: AGS Member Application

Or, you can register as a nonmember for $25 here: Non-member Registration

About Judy G Russell

Judy G Russell, JD®, CG®, CGL

Judy is a lecturer, educator, and writer with an international reputation. She is a professional genealogist with a JD (Juris Doctor) degree based in central New Jersey. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She has deep roots in the American South on her mother's side and has entirely German roots on her father's side.

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The Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc. (AGS) is a nonprofit organization chartered in 1958 to assist and support the research of its members by finding, safeguarding, preserving, and publishing records pertaining to Alabama families and their history. It is the only genealogical society in Alabama that serves all 67 counties.

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