Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, will speak at the Monmouth County Genealogy Society meeting on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown. She will be speaking on “Doing Time - Prison Records as Genealogy Resources.” Join us for refreshments and networking at 1:30 P.M. followed by the business meeting and speaker at 2 P.M. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
“The brick walls of a family tree are no match for prison walls”, Ms. Russell writes about this topic. “From intake photo to receipts for cash and clothes when they see release, prisoners in jails and prisons were recorded and documented, often in stunning detail.” Her audience will learn what records may exist about their families’ wayward members, at least the ones who got caught, and where to find them.
As a genealogist with a law degree (from Rutgers’ School of Law-Newark), she sees part of her purpose is to help family historians understand the bewildering legal concepts and terminology they bump into in their research. Her academic credentials start with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University, the foundation for her early career as a newspaper reporter and trade association writer, then legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and for more than 20 years before her retirement in 2014, an adjunct member of the faculty of Rutgers Law School.
Having spent the last two decades, as she says, learning the trade of Genealogist, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists, where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. For a more complete list of her credentials and accomplishments, take a look at her blog, “The Legal Genealogist.”