Thursday, June 19, 2014

OUT OF THE BOX AT BELLEVILLE

Out of the Ordinary - Out of the Box
Featuring Judy G. Russell, JD, CG (SM), CGL(SM)

and a second track with
Dennis Northcutt and Diane Walsh, CG (SM)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG(SM), CGL(SM), a genealogist with a law degree, enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. She has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly; her blog, The Legal Genealogist, received the American Bar Association Journal’s niche category winner in 2013. Ms. Russell brings experience as a legal educator and federal prosecutor to the world of genealogy. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

PLACE: August 2, 2014 at Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Illinois.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Early Bird reduced registration deadline must be received by July 16, 2014.
REGISTRATION & DETAILS: Registration and details: http://www.stclair-ilgs.org/conf2014.htm

Attendees choose four of the seven lecture topics designed to break down brick walls and introduce researchers to resources often and seldom used.

Lecture topics

Don't Forget the Ladies
No Vitals? No Problem!
Where There Is -- or Isn't -- a Will
Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your House's History
Your Genealogy: Fact or Fiction?
Research in the Prairie State

Lecture topic details

Talks by Judy G. Russell

Session 1 - 9:30 a.m.
Don't Forget the Ladies
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.

Session 3 - 10:50 a.m.
No Vitals? No Problem!
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.

Session 5 - 1:30 p.m.
Where There Is -- or Isn't -- a Will
Where there's a will, there's a probate. And often when there isn't a will, there's still a probate. Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.

Session 7 - 2:50 p.m.
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.

Talks by Diane Walsh or Dennis Northcott

Session 2 - 9:30 a.m.
If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your House's History
Midwestern city directories, census records, neighborhood histories, photographs, and maps, are among the wealth of resources to help you learn about the history of your house and its former inhabitants. Dennis will use examples of these resources from the collections of Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center and provide instruction on how to get started researching the history of your house.

Session 4 - 10:50 a.m.
Your Genealogy: Fact or Fiction?
Designed for beginner and intermediate genealogists, this lecture illustrates the step-by-step process for creating a reliable genealogy, points out common mistakes, and introduces one way to summarize your family history.

Session 6 - 1:30 p.m.
Research in the Prairie State
Canadians, Europeans, enslaved peoples, and colonial Americans settled the region that became Illinois. Understanding the records they created and locating these gems -- much of which is not online-- will broaden research possibilities.

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