2020 Program Sessions


 The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence From Bad

Presented by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The “best evidence” rule in law requires the presentation in court of an original rather than a copy, and a copy won’t even be admitted if the original is available. In genealogy, our rules require us to do the same: to discriminate, choose in favor of, and prefer certain types of evidence to others, certain bits of information to others, and certain sources to others.

 Civil War Eyewitnesses

Presented by Dennis Northcott

View the Civil War through the eyes of those who witnessed this turbulent period in our nation’s history. Hear firsthand accounts of the war from the battlefield and the home front found in letters, diaries, and other documents within the Missouri Historical Society’s archival collections.

 Living with Legal Lingo

Presented by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The language of the law is part Greek, part French, part Latin, even part Saxon—and all confusing. Every family’s records are chock full of legal lingo that can appear utterly baffling to even an experienced genealogist. But whether it’s for a family as famous as Daniel Boone’s, or one as ordinary as yours or mine, understanding the legal lingo in the records is a critical part of understanding the records themselves.

 What Not to Do: Six Hard Lessons in Family History Research

Presented by Jacob Eubanks and Dan Lilienkamp, JD

As more records become available from databases such as Ancestry and FamilySearch, the temptation is strong to adopt a lackadaisical approach to research. Participants will learn six hard lessons in what to do to ensure they are conducting “reasonably exhaustive research.”

 Life and Death at Missouri Statehood: Gleaning Genealogical Details from Frontier Inventories

Presented by John Dougan

Estate inventories tell us a lot about our ancestors—how they lived and what they valued. This presentation of period records analyzes cultural trends on the Missouri frontier, reviews the legal framework for disposing early 19th-century estate assets, and provides inventory interpretation strategies to make them much more than just a list of your ancestor’s possessions.

 Hidden Treasures: Tips and Rewards for Researching in Manuscript Collections

Presented by Bill Eddleman, PhD

Many family historians fail to use manuscript collections in their research, either because they are unaware of them or think they are difficult to find. We will summarize the documents to locate in manuscript collections and how that information can help. Discussion will include a method for locating your family in archival collections, and how to access the collections. Examples will emphasize Missouri families and collections.

 ”Death by Undue Means”—Coroners’ Records

Presented by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

From colonial times to today, death not attributable to natural causes required investigation. Elected or appointed coroners worked with local juries to determine more about what caused each death. Learn more about coroners’ records and how to use them in genealogy.

 ”This Indenture Made This . . .” Finding Ancestors in Deeds

Presented by Bill Eddleman, PhD

Often deed records require a deeper level of understanding to use them effectively. An estimated eighty percent of men owned land during the 19th-century, and deeds often document relationships. This is an overview of locating the information researchers can find, including other records. Examples will document families and relationships from deeds in Missouri counties.

 ”Don’t Forget the Ladies”—A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law

Presented by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected”—second-class—status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

 Using Technology in Genealogy Research

Presented by Cathy Amen

Genealogy can be enhanced with today’s technology tools. Here is an overview of software, scanners, photo-editing apps, organizational tools, and more. Find out how you can be more productive.


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