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2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference: A Chance to Experience Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

JGRWhat’s a great way to ensure an award-winning genealogy conference? By kicking things off with a keynote presentation by the 2014 Gold-Medal winning Genealogy Rockstar1, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, of course!

Judy is one of the most sought-after speakers in the genealogy world, and with good reason. She has a background in law, a passion for genealogy, and a gift for helping people understand how those two fields interact– not to mention a captivating presentation style. Like a true rock star, Judy’s presentations will leave you standing on your feet, waving your lighter in the air, and screaming for an encore.2

 

The 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio on April 9-11, and features five opportunities to see the Judy G. Russell Experience3 live and in-person:

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015
KEYNOTE: The Territorial State: Ohio Law from the Northwest Ordinance
Ohio history is American legal history, from the Northwest Ordinance to modern statutes. Understanding the laws that applied as Ohio was settled and grew helps us understand our ancestors—and track them down!

Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence
No vital records? No problem! It’s a rare family where direct evidence supplies all the proof needed to connect family members. Learn more about how to build the case for family relationships from pieces, hints and clues gathered from a variety of sources.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015
Finding the Law
Time and time again, we’re told as genealogists that we need to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. Easier said than done! With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how do we find the laws we need?

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015
The ABCs of DNA
New to the idea that DNA can help with genealogy? Learn about the three major test types—YDNA, mitochondria (mtDNA) and autosomal—and see what each type offers to the genealogist.

After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA
It’s really possible: we can overcome catastrophic record losses and rekindle our ancestral roots with DNA evidence. Learn how, using all major DNA test types.

Judy G. Russell’s Bio:

A genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years, Judy has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. Visit her website at www.legalgenealogist.com.

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1    John D. Reid, “Rockstar Genealogists: Gold Medalists,” Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, posted 16 Sep 2014, (http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com: accessed 25 Oct 2014)

2    For a history of proper concert etiquette, see Wikipedia contributors, “Concert Etiquette,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Concert_etiquette&oldid=618149186 : accessed October 25, 2014).

3   Shout out to Jimi Hendrix. Sadly, he didn’t get to experience Judy Russell, but you will. 

 

25 Oct 2014

The 2015 OGS Conference Provides A Cure for NGSS: Non-Genealogical Spouse Syndrome

NGSS is a terrible thing. You’re an avid genealogist. Your significant other isn’t. Just the mention of genealogy causes their eyes to glass over, rapid breathing, hives…  What’s worse? The guilt. How can you justify heading off for a three-day genealogy getaway and leave your poor, afflicted spouse behind?

Fortunately, the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference provides a cure. While you’re off attending all of the great presentations that the conference has to offer (more about that in later posts), your significant other can relax in the comfort of your room at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square or use the free CBUS service to explore some of Columbus’ terrific downtown areas: German Village, the Brewery District, Short North, Italian Village and more.

Once the day is done, you can hop back on the CBUS together to enjoy a great dinner while you try and get your spouse interested in all the great things you learned that day.

Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks and months for other great things the 2015 OGS Conference offers genealogists, and yes, their non-genealogical spouses.

16 Sep 2014

Call For Papers Deadline Coming Up Soon!

conf2015Just a reminder to speakers: the July 1 deadline for Call For Papers for the 2015 OGS Conference  is a little over two weeks away. If you have not yet submitted your proposals, we hope to hear from you soon. The cornerstone of a great conference is a great programming, and we can’t wait to see the terrific presentation ideas you have to offer for the 2015 “Ohio: Your Genealogical Cornerstone” conference!

 

 

Complete information can be found at http://www.ogs.org/conference2015/index.php.

 

 

14 Jun 2014