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Pinellas Genealogy Society
2018 Seminar

Saturday, February 24, 2017

Largo Public Library
120 Central Park Dr.
Largo, FL 33771
Schedule and Topics for the seminar will be: Click here  for the registration form Principal Speaker: Judy Russell
8:00 AM Registration; continental breakfast Judy Russell    Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree, and is known as “The Legal Genealogist.” Her purpose, in part, is to help folks understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to those of us studying family history. Without under- standing the context in which events took place and records were created, so much of both the sig- nificance and the flavor of what happened is missed.
   She has 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 attor- ney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2014, she was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School.
   Judy has spent the last decade learning her trade as a genealogist, and holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and, among others, the state genealogical societies of New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Illinois.
   She has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (predecessor to today's Gen-Fed, the Genealogical In- stitute on Federal Records) at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and completed Elizabeth Shown Mills’ course in Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis, and Thomas W. Jones’ course in Writing and Publishing for Geneal- ogists at the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR). She now serves on the faculty at IGHR, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), and Gen-Fed.
Judy has written for both the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and the National Genealogical Society Magazine, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in our family history to under- standing DNA testing.

For more information and her blog, please click here.

Additional Information
  • The Largo Public Library cosponsors the Pinellas Genealogy Society annual seminar, and the breakfast is sponsored by the Friends of the Largo Library.
  • The annual book sale will be in the rear of the conference room. The tables will be open before the seminar and during break periods.
  • A representative of the society and membership information will be available at a table in the lobby.
  • Lunch will be provided as part of your advance registration.
  • Parking and driving instructions are on the reverse side of this brochure.
  • Great door prizes and raffles will be offered throughout the day.
  • If you are in need of a place to stay overnight during the seminar, the Hampton Inn offers a discount.  For details, see page or our special events page .
8:30 AM Opening
9:00 AM

That First Trip to the Courthouse: If there is one home truth in genealogy research, it’s this: not everything is available online. Sooner or later, every genealogist has got to make that first trip to the courthouse to check out the original records availa-ble there. How to prepare for that trip, the rules of the road, 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.

10:00 AM Break
10:20 AM

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.

11:30 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Break Out Speakers

George G Morgan: Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis

Drew Smith: Organizing Your DNA Testing

See below for break out speaker bios.


Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis

It is imperative that we use both traditional and online resources in our research and work them in tandem. With the volume of digitized resources growing exponentially each year, our rapid access to original genealogical records online may flood us with more information than we can handle. It is easy to rush through the evidence examination and analysis processes, increasing the probably that we will miss critical details. It is critical that we take the time to carefully analyze all the evidence content for clues implied or suggested. This lecture discusses the principles of highly effective genealogical evidence analysis and shows examples of capturing all the clues to expand and improve our research.

Organizing Your DNA Testing
DNA testing has become an essential part of most genealogical research, but it is very complicated keeping track of the details. This session will discuss how to manage the testing process for multiple individuals, how to save DNA data so that it can be uploaded to other websites, and how to keep track of correspondence with other DNA testers.
1:30 PM Break
1:40 PM 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.
2:40 PM Break
3:00 PM DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy: Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.
4:00 PM Closing

Location – The seminar will be held in the Jenkins Conference Room of the Largo Public Library, located at 120 Central Park Drive, Largo, 33771. Free parking is available in the front lot of the library.

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Driving Directions:
From the north: Travel south on US Hwy 19 to SR 686 (East Bay Dr.) Make a right on East Bay and follow to Largo. Turn left on Central Park Drive. The Library is on the left side of the road.
From the south: Travel north on I-275 to Exit #30 (Clearwater/Largo SR 686, Roosevelt Blvd. West). At the fork in the exit ramp bear left which leads to Roosevelt Blvd. Follow on Roosevelt. At the fork in the road bear left and follow the overpass that merges with Ulmerton Road (SR688) Follow Ulmerton past the 2nd traffic light and veer right to SR 686(Roosevelt Blvd). Follow Roosevelt Blvd / East Bay Drive.
Click here  for the registration form

Break Out Speaker Bios
George G Morgan George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents in the U.S., Canada, England, on cruise ships, and on webinars.
He is the prolific, award-winning author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. His twelfth book, the fourth edition of How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was released in January 2015, and he is co-author of Ad- vanced Genealogy Research Techniques. He is a regular writer for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Family Tree Magazine, Internet Genealogy, and Your Genealogy Today. He has won writing awards from the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE).
He is a past president of ISFHWE, and has served on the boards of the Federation of Genealogical
Societies, the Florida State Genealogical Society, the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and societies in the U.S. and U.K.
Drew Smith Drew Smith is an Associate Librarian with the USF Tampa Library, and is the 2016 winner of the Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship, presented by the National Genealogical Society.
He is the past president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa, and has served on the boards of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Florida State Genealogical Society.
He is the host of the Genealogy Connection podcast, and the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Pod- cast along with George G. Morgan. Drew is the author of the book Social Networking for Genealo- gists, is the co-author of Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, and has written extensively for several genealogical print and online magazines. His latest book, Organize Your Genealogy: Strate- gies and Solutions for Every Researcher, was published in 2016 by Family Tree Books.
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