2023 Family History Conference Featured Speaker

Judy Russell

Judy Russell

Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist,® is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, providing expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. 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 from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Before she retired, she worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than twenty years, as 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. A recipient of the Silver Tray Award from the Utah Genealogical Association and the 2017 Award of Excellence from the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, she now serves as a member of the NGSQ editorial board.

An internationally-known lecturer and course coordinator and faculty member at numerous genealogical institutes, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠ from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.® Her award-winning blog appears at The Legal Genealogist website (https://www.legalgenealogist.com).


Jen Baldwin

Jen Baldwin has been working in the realm of professional genealogy since 2010 but has been pursuing her family history since she was ten years old, enjoying her grandmother’s stories—and her cookies. She is currently the Research Specialist and North American Content Manager for Findmypast. Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy related topics and was part of the research team for Genealogy Roadshow, season two on PBS. She is the author of course materials for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is excited to discover unique resources that allow for a different perspective in genealogical research, including the vast research opportunities for family historians around the world to take advantage of UK collections, such as newspapers and the newly released 1921 census of England and Wales.


John Dougan

John Dougan is the Missouri State Archivist and the chief administrator for the Records and Archives Division of the Office of the Secretary of State. His leadership has led to the development of the award-winning Missouri State Archives and Missouri Digital Heritage websites, numerous innovations in the State Imaging Lab and State Records Center, growth of the onsite and online volunteer program, and ongoing work with a pilot electronic records archives. He is an advocate for free online access to genealogical records.


Greg Hilton

Greg Hilton is a local writer, speaker, volunteer, and researcher. He currently serves on the board of directors for the St. Charles County Historical Society.

Christina Miller

Christina Miller is the Reference Services Manager at the Missouri State Archives, where she has assisted researchers for more than ten years. Christina holds a Masters of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Truman State University. She is a Certified Archivist.

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