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March 8, 2020
Judy Russell, the "Legal Genealogist"
"Doing Time - Prison as Genealogical Resources"
mark Sunday, March 8, 2020 in red on your calendar!
You don’t want to miss this visit from Judy Russell,
the Legal Genealogist. It’s been five years since we
had the pleasure of hearing her on our own turf.
This time, she will be speaking on “Doing Time —Prison
Records as Genealogy Resources.”
brick walls of a family tree are no match for prison
walls,” Ms. Russell writes on her online list of
lecture topics. “From intake photo to receipts for
cash and clothes when they are released, prisoners in
jails and prisons were recorded and documented, often
in stunning detail.” We’ll learn what records may
exist about our families’ wayward members, at least
the ones who got caught, and where to find them.
genealogist with a law degree (from our neighboring
Rutgers School of Law-Newark) she sees part of her
purpose is to help us understand the bewildering legal
concepts and terminology we bump into in our 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.
own ancestry is solidly German on her father's side
(“My grandparents brought him to America in1925 and
settled in Chicago,” she says) and solidly US-South on
her mother's side (except for Florida, she says she
can claim ancestors from every states south of the
Mason-Dixon line—and none, not even one, north of
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 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.” You will be glad you
This meeting will be held at the Eatontown
Community/Senior Center, 72 Broad Street,
Eatontown. It will start at 2:00 preceded by
refreshments at 1:30. Guests are welcome.
& Irish Special Interest Group
The next meeting is TBD at the
Marlboro Library 2-4 PM. Th enew
char-persons are Kathy Hall and Kathy Reilly
To add your name
to the list of attendees, contact
Judy Kathy Hall at email@example.com
or Kathy Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org
meet on a Saturday each month at 1 PM at the
Calvary Baptist Church at Bridge Avenue and River
street in Red Bank.
For more information contact
Sharon Lee at (732)768-1783 email@example.com
or Charles Lawson at (732)530-1995 firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Interest Group
next regular meeting is scheduled for April
18, 2020 at the Colts Neck
Library (large room). However, on
March 14th there will be a lunch
at Sebastian's. All are welcome
and contact Debra White for more
If you aren't already on the
email list, please contact Debbie
White at email@example.com
so that you can be added to the list
and informed of any changes in meeting
next Monmouth Roots Group will meet at
10AM-12PM on February 1, 2020
at Lynn Klemens house.
more information, please contact Carol
Megill at firstname.lastname@example.org
so that you can be added to the list
and informed of any changes in meeting dates
The next meeting will be on March
11th. Contact Carol York at
email@example.com for more
Lynn Klemens has kindly volunteered to
restart the DNA Group as a "collaborative
seminar" where anyone interested would bring
a book, articles etc. or a DNA experience
Tentatively, the first meeting will
be on April 4th at the Ocean
Township Public Library on Deal Road if the
room is available.
If you are interested, Contact Lynn at