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2018 Family History Conference and Book Fair

Event date: 8/11/2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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2018 Family History Conference and Book Fair

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois and John A. Logan College

A genealogist with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL is a lecturer, educator and writer who helps folks understand the legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to anyone studying family history.  Her personal background is eclectic. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor, and for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2014, she was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School.

Ms. Russell is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side. "It’s an odd mix," she writes "finding records of my ancestors from 1680 Virginia on one side to being a first-generation American on the other."  She holds credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of that organization. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the state genealogical societies of New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Illinois, among others.

Sessions Begin at 9:00 a.m.

  • How Old Did He Have To Be…?
    Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802? Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birth date, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer.
  • Living with Legal Lingo
    The language of the law is part Greek, part French, part Latin, even part Saxon - and all confusing. Every family’s records are chock full of legal lingo that can appear utterly baffling to even an experienced genealogist. But whether it’s for a family as famous as Daniel Boone’s, or one as ordinary as yours or mine, understanding the legal lingo in the records is a critical part of understanding the records themselves.
  • Lunch Break  11:30 - 1:15
  • Dower and Dowry: Women, Property, & Legal Records
    Bringing property into marriage or trying to take it out, our female ancestors were governed by laws that generated valuable records. Learn about the common law dower and the civil law dowry, how they differed, and how to find the stories the records tell.
  • More Than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research
    Those every-10-years U.S. censuses are goldmines of names, ages and birthplaces for members of our families. But there's so much more in the census records if we know where to look: everything from socioeconomic status to crops grown or products made, from school attendance to marriage dates, from physical disabilities to causes of death, from military service to clues that lead us to other sources. Learn how an advanced search of the U.S. census records can add to your family history.

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All conference activities will take place in the Ray Hancock Conference Center on the JALC campus. The facility is handicapped accessible with all activities on one floor without steps. If you have special needs, please indicate on the registration form.

A buffet lunch (Meat Lasagna, Italian Salad, Vegetable Medley, Garlic Bread, Brownies, Tea and Water) is included with your paid registration if received prior to July 30th, 2018. Please feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer something different, or visit one of the many restaurants in the area.

Ray Hancock Conference Center
John A. Logan College
Route 13 & Greenbriar Road
Carterville, IL (Map)

JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE is located on Illinois Route 13 in Carterville, mid-way between Marion and Carbondale. Turn north off Route 13 at the Greenbriar Road traffic signal one mile west of the Carterville crossroads. From the College entrance follow signs to parking Lot D, which is immediately adjacent to the Conference Center. Overflow parking is available in Lot A nearby. Parking is free.

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