Findmypast Friday, July 29th 2016 – Findmypast – Genealogy, Ancestry, History blog from Findmypast

This week’s findmypast Friday marks the release of over 3.6 million new records including new additions to our collection of crime and punishment records as well as more than one million historic Irish newspaper articles.

England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935 Phase 3

Irish Newspapers

Follow your felonious forbears through the criminal justice system

Source: Findmypast Friday, July 29th 2016 – Findmypast – Genealogy, Ancestry, History blog from Findmypast

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judy3Judy Russell, one of the best presenters in the genealogy world, is coming to Medford OR in September.  To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society has arranged to have Judy travel from New Jersey to conduct a day-long seminar and to present a banquet program for the public (including non-genealogists).  Early bird registration for these events closes on August 10th; regular registration closes September 10th.   Don’t miss these opportunities to learn from and be entertained by one of our best genealogy educators.

Are you unconvinced?   Don’t know anything about Judy Russell?  Wonder what she sounds like?   Or what you might learn from her?  Here’s a sample video from Ancestry Academy that might help you understand all of that.   Judy is being introduced prior to her presentation (which you cannot play without subscribing to Ancestry Academy).  You CAN PLAY the introduction by clicking the following link,

Still unconvinced that Judy is one of the best speakers on the genealogy circuit?   Judy’s presentation, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, can be previewed on Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  Here’s the link:

Below are some testimonials from viewers of this webinar (notice how often people mention Judy’s great sense of humor):

Excellent presentation–I enjoy Judy’s humor and wealth of resources for those of us who will now be hunting for divorce records!

Always enjoy Judy Russell. I get her page daily, she is such a good thinker. Enjoy the after party and getting personal instruction too.

Always interesting and educational with the Legal Genealogist.

Always your most interesting presenter.

Don’t ever want to miss one of Judy’s presentations–always enjoyable and informative!

Enjoyed the speaker. Makes me want to look for my ancestors’ divorce records!!! Didn’t know they may be very juicy.

Excellent entertainment and some great ideas for continuing my family discoveries!

Excellent info. She had great stories and made “dirty laundry” fun to listen to. Just wish I had some divorces to research. — lol.

Excellent information, well presented ~~ makes learning about legal subjects so entertaining and refreshing!

Excellent, excellent, excellent! “D-I-V-O-R-C-E!” was just full of very interesting avenues to explore and I loved the stories! Geoff’s after webinar was (as usual) very helpful.

Fantastic! I love attending Judy Russell’s webinars and learned a great deal from this one. Plus I won a door prize ;-)

I think Judy Russell could take any subject and make it interesting. Well organized, presented in a way easy to follow and understand, and just plain fun. I got some ideas about finding some missing ancestors in areas with poor records.

I want to quit my other life so I don’t ever have to miss a webinar. Today was fabulous, informative, fun, — what can I say more?!

Judy is such a treasure to the genealogy community. I could listen to her for hours and hours. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Her knowledge is overwhelming at times. Her ability to share all of this is unsurpassed. One of my favorite speakers.

judy2Informative & engaging. I particularly liked the examples that came from different locations and time periods.

It is rare to get someone who is as entertaining as she is and who is as well informed and able to communicate information as well as she does.

Judy is always outstanding and I now have a better understanding of what I have in several family divorce records.

Judy is one of the top presenters with her great slides and her emphatic pronunciation of them!

Judy is so knowledgeable and entertaining–a combination that’s hard to beat!

Judy is the best. She makes law fun! What could have been a very dry and boring subject was laugh out loud funny.. thanks for hosting!

Judy not only presents great information but her presentation is entertaining ~ I never want her webinars to end!

Judy Russell is a phenomenon all by herself. Thank you so much for having her once more for this very useful practical (& humourous) webinar! Gold stars!!

Loved the examples and the detailed description of places to go look for records (or even to know if you should go looking for a record!).

My rating for today’s webinar is 10!!!!!!!!! Judy is absolutely fabulous! Such a great storyteller! I wonder if she was wearing her pink jacket during the webinar. Thanks so much. 

One of the best webinars ever! Please have her back again and again and again….. 

So much info! It’s my first webinar and was astonished at how quickly the time elapsed. Very entertaining and thought provoking!

Thanks Judy and Geoff. Once again a great afternoon of genealogy. Lots of things I didn’t know (as usual) and places to look that I probably never found on my own. so, also as usual, I can look forward to a rerun of this tonight.

Thoroughly enjoyable as well as educational. Between Judy Russell’s excellent exposition of the legal evolution of divorce and therefore where to find the information and Geoff’s after party that answered a long standing question of how to properly capture all the information on the divorce, I learned a lot today.

Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation… and I learned that there are many other resources that I have not touched in researching my family’s many divorces. Thank you!!

Here’s a dry and dusty description of Judy Russell that lists her credentials.  Don’t be fooled.  She’s really fun to listen to and learn from.

Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

JudyGRussellA 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 bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, until recently Judy was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. Judy is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely in Germany on her father’s side. Visit her website at


The SEMINAR is scheduled for Sept. 27 8:30 AM -4:00 PM at INN at the COMMONS 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford, OR 97504

Onsite check-in begins at 8:30 AM. The seminar begins at 9:15 AM.

Judy Russell will present four lectures:


  • “Don’t Forget the Ladies — A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law”
  • “Beyond X and Y — The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing”



  • “No Person Shall … Gallop Horses In the Streets — Using Court Records to Tell the Story of Our Ancestors’ Lives”
  • “Dowered or Bound Out — Records of Widows and Orphans”

To register for the seminar, click the following link: Print and fill out the form and mail it to us.

The BANQUET is scheduled for Sept. 26th at 6 PM-9 PM at INN at the COMMONS 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford, OR 97504

A no-host beer & wine bar service begins at 6 PM. The dinner is at 7 PM. Check in at the registration desk. Select your seat and enjoy the social time, meal, and our Guest Speaker, Judy Russell.  Judy is known in the genealogy world and on her blog as THE LEGAL GENEALOGIST.

Banquet topic is: “Blackguards and Black Sheep—The Lighter Side of the Law.”

Judy says, “No, actually, our ancestors didn’t behave any better back then than we do today, and the records they left behind documenting their missteps and misdeeds are among the priceless gems of genealogy.” To be enjoyed by genealogists and non-genealogists alike. Prepare for a fun evening.

To register for the banquet, click the following link,  Print and fill out the form and mail it to us.

Please note: All registrations for the Banquet and Seminar will closed by Sept. 10, 2016.  Save $10 on each event by mailing you registration by August 10 at the latest.


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The Ancestry Insider: Turning the Model Upside Down #BYUgen #BYUFHGC

Turning the Model Upside Down #BYUgen #BYUFHGC

Steve Rockwood addresses the 2016 BYU Conference on Family History and GenealogyFamilySearch wants to turn upside down the usual order in which people engage in family history, said Steve Rockwood in his keynote address at the 2016 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy.

Steve is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of FamilySearch International. He is the managing director of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors FamilySearch.

Steve said in the past we presented people with a chart or a computer to start them in family history. Those that were willing to stay with it long enough eventually experienced the positive emotions associated with family history. In the Church today, that amounts to 2% of the members.

“We want everyone to feel those emotions [they experience] through the act of doing family history,” Steve said. “We believe that this is primarily an emotional movement.” He said doing family history brings feelings of love, joy, peace and other strong positive emotions. (The Church ascribes these to the Holy Ghost, he said. He pointed us to Galatians 5:22-23 and Ephesian 5:9 in the New Testament.)

“We are concentrating on how everyone can experience and feel those emotions.” By giving them immediate, emotional experiences, FamilySearch hopes they then engage in family history. FamilySearch decided to concentrate on stories. “We are serious” [about this change]. Steve said. “We changed our logo, our entire branding.” The FamilySearch logo now looks like a set of picture frames. FamilySearch starts people with photos, audio recordings, anything that anyone can participate in. That makes it an exciting world of change. “Now, more and more people are getting involved in this thing called family history.” For example, FamilySearch has seen a 47% increase in young people involved in family history.

Source: The Ancestry Insider: Turning the Model Upside Down #BYUgen #BYUFHGC

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Genealogy Insider – FamilySearch Power-User Tip: Find New & Updated Genealogy Collections

Recently I followed our own advice (from the popular Unofficial Guide to FamilySearchbook, and now our Become a Power User online course) to check for recently added or updated record collections at the free FamilySearch website. It’s easy to do:

1. On the FamilySearch home page, hover over Search and choose Records.

2. On the Search page, choose Browse All Published Collections. (This link may appear below the gray box, depending how wide your browser window is.)

3. Finally, click Last Updated to bring all the new or newly updated collections to the top.

I discovered a new collection with record images, Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954. I found marriage registers or certificates for a bunch of relatives, including my great-great-grandparents, married the day before Thanksgiving, 1900:

And this register clued me into a missing person in my tree:

I didn’t have Josephine, born when her mother was 48, in my tree. She married Herman H. Brink Sept. 22, 1885.

Our Become a Power User online course gives you in-depth guidance using this free, rich genealogy website, with input from our expert instructor and your fellow researchers.

Source: Genealogy Insider – FamilySearch Power-User Tip: Find New & Updated Genealogy Collections

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Find My Past Friday, New Records 

A total of 257, 526 new records added this Friday


18,000 new records on Persi

British Army Service Records

Scotland Electoral Records

You can access these records for free at Jackson County Genealogy Library on all patron computers.  Remember to login as a guest.

Source: Find My Past

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Registration for George C. Morgan FREE Webinar

U.S. courthouse records have been damaged, destroyed, moved, or stored over the centuries. Prepare yourself in advance for on-site and online research by consulting authoritative sources. Learn why records may not be available in the courthouse, what may have happened to them, and where they (or replacements or substitutes) may exist today.

Source: Registration

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Genealogy Jamboree Blog: REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS July 20, 2016 – Drew Smith, MLS :”Organizing Your Genealogical Research Process”

Source: Genealogy Jamboree Blog: REMINDER: FREE Webinar from SCGS July 20, 2016 – Drew Smith, MLS :”Organizing Your Genealogical Research Process”

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Rogue Valley Heritage District | Our Heritage Matters – Please vote to Save our Museums

Please support the Rogue Valley Heritage District; Jackson County Genealogy Library is a member of this group.

Source: Rogue Valley Heritage District | Our Heritage Matters – Please vote to Save our Museums

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DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog: ARCHIVED: DNA with Blaine Bettinger (discussion)

Blaine Bettinger is a great presenter and outstanding expert in all things DNA.   Catch up on some of his pointers at this blog post on DearMYRTLE.  [Editorial comment]

Source: DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog: ARCHIVED: DNA with Blaine Bettinger (discussion)

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Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Using MetaData to Make Your Computer Life Easier

Did you know that your camera records information about every photo you shoot.  Automatically and error free?   Make use of that data to help you organize your photos (and other documents.) [editorial comment.]

Source: Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: Using MetaData to Make Your Computer Life Easier

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