April 12-13, 2013 is Legal Genealogist Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio!

Disclaimer: I am the chairperson of the Western Reserve Genealogical Society’s Genealogical Committee, as well as the Great Lakes APG chapter representative. I am also a big fan of Judy Russell. I dig genealogy. My favorite color is green, but am most partial to a dark emerald hue. I can cook.

With that all out of the way, I can’t wait for this April! Why? Well, Judy G. Russell will be right here in Cleveland Ohio, speaking at two different events: a Friday evening lecture, and then an all day seminar on Saturday.

Here’s the scoop:

On Friday, April 12, 2013 — the Great Lakes APG chapter is hosting an evening lecture featuring Judy G. Russell, who you may know better as the Legal Genealogist. Her topic will be The ABC’s of DNA. Details are still being finalized, but the event will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 32895 Cedar Rd, Mayfield Hts, Ohio 44124.

Exact times and registration information will be announced soon. Anyone who is registered for the WRHS Saturday seminar will receive a discount for this event. If you want to be sure to get this info, drop me an email at chris@staatsofohio.com, and I’ll forward the info as soon as it’s finalized.

Then the big show on Saturday April 13, 2013 from 9am to 4pm– the Western Reserve Historical Society is excited to present Genealogy and the Law.
The legal context in which our ancestors lived affected their lives and the records they created. Understanding that context will help wring every bit of evidence out of each record you find. In addition to explaining how and why they may have acted as they did, court records often reveal surprising details about our ancestors.
In Judy’s words: “Without understanding the context in which events took place and records were created, we miss so much of both the significance and the flavor of what happened. “ Don’t miss this!

Schedule:

8:30-9:00 Registration (coffee and refreshments)
9:00-10:00 Knowing the Law
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Court Records and Family Stories
11:45-1:30 Lunch (not provided)
1:30-2:30 Widows, Orphans, and the Law
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War (1864-1924)

Complete details and online registration can be found on the Western Reserve Historical Society’s website. Hope to see some of you there this spring!

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