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Each year the Louisville Genealogical Society sponsors a Family History Seminar and Book Fair, featuring a nationally-known speaker.

Our speaker at the upcoming October 17, 2015, seminar will be Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist. Her presentation topics will include:

Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans

Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law. But it’s not always the  place that 21st century researchers might expect. An orphan in the early days wasn’t a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died. The law didn’t care much about the mother. She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more. Learn more of the way the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

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. [Three versions (tracing a man who died in Texas in 1870 back to his North Carolina parents; tracing a woman born before the 1850 census; tracing an unknown relative named by 20th century German immigrants).

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.

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.

Check back often for additional information. ">Click here for complete information on Ms. Russell's credentials.