Bend Genealogical Society, Deschutes County, Oregon

Bend Genealogical Society

Deschutes County, Oregon


Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM

genealogist, educator & writer

BGS Spring Seminar

April 22, 2017

You’re Invited to the BGS Spring Seminar!
Judy’s presentations at the Seminar:
Applicable for all genealogists - beginners and advanced.
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.
NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the National Archives
& Records Administration (NARA)
“There isn’t any birth, marriage or death data 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 brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records.  
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. Learn 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.
That First Trip to the Courthouse
If there is one truth in genealogy research, it’s this: not everything is available online. Sooner or later, every genealogist makes that first trip to the courthouse to see available records. How to prepare for a trip, what to expect, what to ask for, and how to be sure you’ll be welcomed back the next time are explored in this lecture.

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Seating is Limited.

Bend Golf & Country Club (BGCC)

61045 Country Club Dr., Bend, OR  97702


$50 for BGS members — $65 for non-BGS members

Includes Syllabus and choice of luncheon salad

Judy is a certified genealogist with a law degree, who is passionate about genealogy and the law. She strives to help us understand the context in which events took place and records were created, so we won’t miss both the significance and the flavor of what happened.

You will learn something new in each of her blog posts. They are all very interesting.

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