Manatee Genealogical Society

Manatee Genealogical Society to Host Virtual Seminar, “Finding Your Elusive Ancestors”

The Manatee Genealogical Society will host a Virtual Seminar “Finding Your Elusive Ancestors” on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Four nationally recognized genealogical speakers will deliver one-hour lectures that focus on the theme. For more information and to register for this seminar go to the website. Participants will have an opportunity chance to ask questions after each lecture. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

Judy G. Russell, also known as “The Legal Genealogist,” will present: “No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence. A Family for Isabella (tracing a woman married before the 1850 Census).” Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationally known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM from the Board of Certification of Genealogists®. She worked as a legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor, and for more than 20 years an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School.

Other seminar speakers include D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will discuss “Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the U.S. between 1780 and 1840.” His lecture will examine methodologies to trace families during the Federal Period. Karen Stanbary, author and national lecturer will discuss “Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument.” The lecture will focus on genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical “brick walls.” The webinar’s fourth speaker is Gena Philibert-Ortega, author, researcher, and instructor, whose focus is genealogy, social and women’s history. She will speak on “Desperately Seeking Eleanore: Finding an Elusive Female Through an Interdisciplinary Approach.”

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