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Member Appreciation Day

November 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm EST

FREE to current NCGS members
Annual Meeting and Awards
Featuring Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

November 7, 2020
10AM Eastern Standard Time

We appreciate our members. Your support is vital to continuing our mission of supporting North Carolina family history research. In that spirit, we are pleased to offer our current members a virtual Member Appreciation Day with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL “The Legal Genealogist”. Judy will be presenting 4 lectures:

“Property Rights and Wrongs – African-Americans at the Courthouse”
From being treated as property to having their property stolen by those who used the law against the freedmen, African Americans’ experience at the courthouse had only one bright spot: it created records for the genealogist-descendants of slaves and slave owners alike.

“No, no, Nanette! What negative evidence is … and isn’t.”
Negative evidence is the hardest type of evidence to understand or use in genealogical research. By definition, a “type of evidence arising from an absence of a situation or information in extant records where that information might be expected,” it is, as the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes told us in the short story “Silver Blaze,” the “curious incident . . . in the night-time” – the thing we would expect to see or hear but that just isn’t there. Learn more about what negative evidence is – and what it isn’t – and how to use it.

“NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives”
“All the military records were burned in the fire.” “There isn’t any birth, marriage or death information in federal records.” “There aren’t any details about ordinary families at the National Archives.” These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the mythbusters with the treasures the National Archives holds for your family.

“No Vitals? No Problem! – Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence”
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. It features “A Family for Isabella” (tracing a woman married before the 1850 census).

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The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists ® , from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist ® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award-winning blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com.

Register now for the Virtual Member Appreciation Day
Annual Meeting and Awards
Membership must be current as of November 7, 2020.

These lectures are available free and live to our current NCGS members. (Registration button will appear below for logged in members.)

Registration closes at 12 noon, Friday, November 6th.

Lectures will be available to registered attendees for 90 days after the live presentation.
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For more information: info@ncgenealogy.org

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