Johnson County Genealogical Society
Johnson County
Genealogical Society
and Library, Inc.
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Preserving KANSAS genealogy and its rich history at the crossroads of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

2018 Annual Seminar

2018 Annual Seminar
Saturday October 27, 2018
8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211

For further information contact  info@jcgsks.org
 
 
 
Judy Russell
 
JCGS is proud to announce the guest speaker for our 2018 Annual Seminar - Judy Russell.  Judy is one of the most popular speakers in the field of genealogy with many accomplishments to her credit.  Judy lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics ranging from using court records in our family history to understanding DNA testing.  She always brings an inspiring story or two to her presentations.
 
She serves on the faculty at IGHR, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed).
 
Judy holds a bachelor's degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University, a law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark, and genealogical credentials of Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
 
Judy Russell is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother's side - from Virginia to Texas and just about everywhere in between - and then, ancestors entirely from Germany on her father's side.  It's an odd mix, she says, seeking records of ancestors from 1680 Virginia on one side to first-generation American on the other.  Judy's mantra is - without understanding the context in which events took place and what kind of records those events created, we miss so much of both the significance and the flavor of what happened. Save the date and join JCGS at another wonderful Annual Seminar! October 27, 2018
 
 
Lecture Topics:
 
No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence.
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. This session will focus on A Family for Isabella: tracing a woman married before the 1850 census.
 
“Don’t Forget the Ladies” – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law.
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class – status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
 
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.
 
After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA
Catastrophic records loss 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.