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Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives - Digital Download

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Early court records give us evidence to prove who our ancestors were. But theyíre even more wonderful in helping us understand how our ancestors lived. Learn how to use court records to add richness and depth to help tell your familyís story.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on October 30, 2013. 1 hour 32 minutes. Plus 7 pages of handouts.

Viewers' comments:
  • A new area to explore - THANKS
  • Always love to hear Judy speak - she is so excited about her topic. Thanks.
  • Always love to hear Judy speak. The inflections in her voice add to the excitement for researching. Her knowledge of the law and willingness to share it with us is greatly appreciated. Absolutely wonderful!!! Thank you very much ! ! !
  • As always, I learned something new---that's my goal in any webinar. Judy Russell's webinars are always informative. I am always looking for ways to bring my ancestors back to life for a little while, and this will definitely add details to their lives.
  • As an attorney & student of genealogy, I appreciate the quality of the instruction in translating this subject to those not familiar with the courts & records.
  • As I've commented to my husband many times, Judy Russell gives wonderful, useable information but is also a fantastically entertaining speaker. That applies especially to today's presentation!
  • Awesome! Never thought about how much I might find, even if not my own ancestor. I have been lucky to find court records, minutes of an ancestor in Massachusetts from the later 1600s. I can't wait to search for court records on all my ancestors or at least the time period and area. Thanks.
  • Excellent and very interesting. I learned a lot about a subject which I knew next to nothing about. Thank you.
  • Excellent presentation. Can't wait to do my first court record search.
  • Excellent webinar with great examples. Speaker was clear, concise and too the point! Very entertaining and illuminating.
  • Great presentation! Really enjoyed her info and her presentation style! She made the court records come to life.
  • I discovered today that I had a lot to learn re the value of court records. Thank you Judy and Geoff!
  • I especially liked Judy's speakig voice, she had a lot of fluctuation, and different speeds in her talking. Plus she was a walking encyclopedia on different types of Court Records. It was a very excellent Webinar. I'm very inpressed with the number of attendees, and the number of countries they're from.
  • I have yet to hear a better speaker! It does not matter that I 'assume' I'm not going to NEED this, or even particularly WANT this info --- once Judy gets going I recognize that I am dead on wrong and this IS what I need ... and want ... and really enjoy.
  • I loved all the stories of people from the records she recorded. This gave me lots of ideas for making the stories of my ancestors more interesting.
  • I loved the enthusiasm the presented had for her subject. Also, she presents very well, not too fast or too slow. I feel I learned just the right amount of information for a webinar. This was one of the best webinars I have attended.
  • Judy described every detail so well; and I appreciate her inclusion of information that also pertains to Canada & other countries.
  • Judy is a great presenter--knowledgeable, organized & passionate about the subject. A worthwhile webinar, especially for those of us who are reluctant to use court records because we don't realize their value, don't know how to find them, are nervous about understanding the legal language, etc. Judy made clear with her many interesting examples how much relevant information there is in court records, whether they name our ancestors or not. Thank you, Judy!
  • Judy is a top notch presenter and always gets me fired up! Wait each day to receice her blog entry. Can't thank Legacy enough for the webinars.
  • Judy is an excellent researcher, genealogist, teacher, and story teller. I enjoy hearing her and would do so as often as her webinars were available. Thank you to both Judy for sharing her knowledge and to Legacy Family Tree for making it possible for us to hear her.
  • Judy is awesome!!! I look forward to more webinars with her. She presents an inspirational, power packed informational webinar with exceptional handouts! Thank you so much for such a wonderful resource!!!
  • Judy is the best of the best of a great line of Webinar presenters. Her writing and her vocal presentation are exceptional. In another era Judy could have been a great presenter of information on radio -- she has the perfect voice for audio presentations. And, about today's webinar -- I learned a lot, as I always do from Legacy Family Tree webinars.
  • Judy Russell is a wonderful storyteller, and makes the subject of researching in court records easier to understand.
  • Judy's enthusiasm is exceeded only by her knowledge of resources and her skill in using them. Thanks so much for making her available.
  • Ohmygoodness, Judy is always wonderful!! A phenomenal speaker and educator - her passion shows in her excellent presentations. A must-see/hear!!
  • So very wonderful, I got so caught up in listening to Judy I nearly burned dinner, I could smell it but just could not come out of the spell she had on me. Ha Ha Keep up the good work!
  • The information was very informative. I have used court records, but never appreciated the additional background that you could glean form reading and studying others besides my family. Thank you so much.
  • This was an invaluable webinar. Thank you so very much for sharing so much knowledge! Legacy Family Tree is my most favorite place to go for genealogy webinars. God bless you and thanks a million!
  • This webinar was maybe the best ever!
  • Very interesting and informative. I didn't think it would be possible to put excitement into the subject of court records, but Judy did!
  • Very thought-provoking and useful. Never gave this a thought until today. Thanks.

About the author:
A Certified 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 bachelorís degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. 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. Judy is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her motherís side and entirely in Germany on her fatherís side.

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