April 2018 Field Trip

WNYGS RGS Judy Russell Promo

WNYGS Field Trip: Rochester Genealogical Society's 2018 Genealogy in Bloom with Judy G. Russell

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Program Time: 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Registration will open at 8:30 a.m.)

Event Location: Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 460 Kreag Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534.

>> WNYGS members will be traveling to Rochester for a day of learning and networking with the members of the Rochester (NY) Genealogical Society. RGS will be presenting an all-day event with Judy G. Russell, the nationally known speaker more commonly known as the Legal Genealogist.


The 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor 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 before her retirement in 2014, was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School.

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, the National Genealogical Society Magazine, the FGS Forum, BCG’s OnBoard, and Family Tree Magazine, among other publications.

On the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, 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 appears at The Legal Genealogist website.

Not to be missed, her scheduled talks will include:

Morning Program:

  • 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.

  • Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep
    Playing detective in court records can unmask those black sheep every family has – and it’s fun! Learn to understand the criminal process in both federal and state courts and how to find the records to put meat on the bones of the skeletons in your family’s closet.

    Afternoon Program:

  • 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.

  • Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
    Understanding what is and isn't copyrighted and what genealogists can and can't use is the key to staying out of trouble and to protecting our own work. Learn about what copyright is, and what it isn’t.

    Event Registration:
    Pre-registration is required. [If you do not pre-register, you will not be guaranteed a copy of the lecture syllabus.] The event is free for RGS members and $30 for Guests (or join RGS for one-year for $25 and save $5 on the event ticket price). Individuals may register online at the RGS' website at http://nyrgs.org/Events.html.

    Lunch Break:
    There will be a 1 hour and 15 min break for lunch. If attendees want to bring your own lunch, there will be tables and chairs set up for their to use. [Please note: since this is a Mormon Church - attendees have been asked not to bring any coffee or tea drinks.]

    RGS will also be offering the option of a boxed lunch. The cost will be $13, and you can pay when you order. Each lunch will include a sandwich (choose from turkey, tuna, ham, veggie, roasted veggie, or assorted meats), an apple, chips, a big gourmet cookie or brownie, and a bottle of water. All orders must be placed by Tuesday, April 19.

    Optional WNYGS Bus:
    Thanks to the generosity of a WNYGS member who wishes to remain anonymous, the Society will be offering free transportation to and from the event for up to 20 members. Grand Tours will be the tour operator. Members will be transported using a standard school bus; the bus has open steps with handrail.

    The schedule is as follows:

  • 7:15 a.m. Promptly depart from NYS Thruway Authority Park and Ride (Exit 49 - Depew: Paved, lit parking lot for 50 just before the toll booths - across from Garden Place Hotel on Transit Road)
  • 8:30 a.m. Arrive at venue
  • 4:15 p.m. Departure from Pittsford, NY
  • 5:30 p.m. Return to Park and Ride

    Advanced registration is required. Reserve your member seat on the bus no later than April 19th by visiting https://wnygs-bustrip-genealogyinbloom.eventbrite.com. For those without Internet access, please call Jennifer Liber Raines at 716-550-2439 to make arrangements.

    Last updated: March 20, 2018