2014 Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting: “The Law, Your Ancestors, and You”

Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting:
The Law, Your Ancestors, and You

The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) will hold its Fall Workshop and Annual Meeting, “The Law, Your Ancestors, and You”, on 15 November 2014. We hope you will join us for the full-day workshop (online registration | PDF registration form) featuring Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. It will be held at the Comfort Suites Raleigh Durham Airport/RTP, 5219 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703.

Update: We have made arrangements with the Comfort Suites Raleigh Durham Airport/RTP to make hotel rooms available for annual meeting attendees on Friday and Saturday nights (14-15 November 2014) at a rate of $79 per night. Rooms include either one king size or two queen size beds, a refrigerator, a full hot breakfast, and free wi-fi. To reserve a room, call the Comfort Suites at 919-314-1200 and tell them you are attending the NCGS event. Please reserve your room by November 1st to insure that you receive the special rate.


Registration will begin at 9:00. The full-day workshop will include four lectures:

1. “From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large—How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists.” To understand our ancestors’ lives – why they did what they did, we need to understand the law that governed their lives in so many ways. How knowing the law our ancestors lived by helps us make sense of the records they left and find clues to more and different records.

2. “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.

3. “The Ties that Bond.” From marriage bonds to officials’ bonds, sureties given in a wide variety of circumstances can offer clues to our family members and their friends, associates and neighbors.

4. “Staying Out of Trouble—The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists.” As genealogists and researchers, we must understand today’s laws as much as yesterday’s. Modern law impacts our rights as researchers – rights of access to vital records, to information, and to places where information can be found. And it impacts our responsibilities, as well, particularly the need to respect another’s copyright.

The day’s activities will also include recognition of the 2014 NCGS Awards winners.

Refund Policy

Full refund if withdrawal precedes the early registration date of 1 November 2014; between then and the workshop day a prorated refund may be made; no refund may be made if withdrawal is on the day of the workshop.

Any changes, including those due to inclement weather conditions, will be posted on the NCGS website.

For more information on the workshop, send an e-mail to the NCGS Administrator.

To register, use the online registration form or download and print the PDF registration form and mail it with your payment.

Our Speaker

Judy Russell photoThe Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. A Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. On the faculty of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama, and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified GenealogistSM and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM.
Judy’s web address: http://www.legalgenealogist.com
The Legal Genealogist blog: http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog
Twitter: @legalgen