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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Seminar with Judy Russell: the Legal Genealogist

The Law, GPS Evidence, and DNA Ethics

Saturday, November 2, 2019,  9 am - 3 pm. Doors open at 8 am.
Menlo Park LDS Church - 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park
 PLEASE REGISTER EARLY, THIS EVENT MAY SELL OUT. 


Join us for a day of gaining insight about genealogy, more than you may have thought.
Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and is one of the best thinkers and lecturers in the field. Her talks are delivered with good humor, perception, and thoughtful connections. She will address law in our ancestors' time, conducting solid research, and ethics surrounding today's DNA testing.
Topics:
  • Finding the Law
  • The Law and Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search
  • DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy
  • No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence


             Schedule             

  •  8:00 – 9:00       REGISTRATION & Time to Browse our Silent Auction Items & Book Sales
  •  9:00 – 9:15      INTRODUCTIONS
  •  9:15 – 10:15    LECTURE ONE - Finding the LawTime and time again, we’re told as genealogists that we need to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. Easier said than done! With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how do we find the laws we need?
  • 10:15- 10:45 BREAK
  • 10:45 – 11:45   LECTURE TWO The Law and Reasonable Exhaustive (Re)Search They’re the building blocks of any genealogy: wills, deeds, vital records. Once we've gathered records from all areas where our ancestors lived, we tick off that GPS—what once was called the “reasonably exhaustive search.” We have, we believed, examined “a wide range of high-quality sources” and therefore minimized “the probability that undiscovered evidence will overturn a too-hasty conclusion.” Or have we?
  •  11:45 – 12:45   LUNCH   Time to check out the Silent Auction Items, Book Sales and the Family History Center
  •  12:45 – 1:45   LECTURE THREE  DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.
  •  1:45 – 2:00  BREAK
  •  2:00 – 3:00   LECTURE FOUR No Vitals? No Problem!Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence - A Family for Isabella When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family. This case study involves tracing a woman married before the 1850 census.

 The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell CG®, CGL℠, writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her award-winning blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com/

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Barry's Bits and Upcoming Events


San Francisco Examiner

                       Upcoming Events                          

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Sat, Aug 24, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
SMCGS Work Day: Indexing
Ca├▒ada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo.
Coordinator: Cath Madden Trindle, SMCGS Publications Chair

SMCGS members and other interested individuals are invited to join us as we begin an index to the early San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Minutes. These contain references to early settlers. No experience is necessary. If you can read and write your skill will be of use. Digital images will be available on lab computers.

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Sat, Sep 28, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
What You Don’t Know About Ancestry.com
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.
 Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist, Ancestry.com
Many of us are not aware of everything there is to know about Ancestry.com. Come along and learn as Crista shares her deep and wide knowledge of Ancestry.com to open up new avenues of
research for all of us. Crista Cowan has been employed by Ancestry.com since 2004; her involvement in family history,
however, reaches back to childhood. A professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.

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Sat, Oct 19, 2019 – Researching Ancestors in Historical Events: A Salem Witch Trials Case Study
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.

Presenter: Melinda Kashuba
If your ancestor participated in or lived near the area of a major historical event, this talk will help you discover how to draw upon narratives penned by historians and other researchers to fill in your ancestor’s story. A case study on the Salem Witch Trials will highlight techniques that you can use for events in which your ancestor was involved.

Melinda Kashuba holds a PhD in geography from UCLA and is a popular lecturer on many topics including American research and maps. 
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Sat, Nov 2, 2019 – FALL SEMINAR 
The Law, GPS Evidence, and DNA Ethics
9 am–3 pm. Members $50, Non-members $60. After Oct 25 & Walk-ins, add $10. LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park
Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist

Join us for a day of gaining insight about genealogy, more than you may have thought. Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and one of the best thinkers and lecturers in the field. Her talks are delivered with good humor, perception, and thoughtful connections. She will address law in our ancestors’ time, conducting solid research, and ethics surrounding today’s DNA testing.

REGISTRATION OPENS THURSDAY, AUGUST 15. Please register early, this event may sell out.
Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events. www.smcgs.org

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SMC Newspapers: The Free Press

Found in Remington's 1893
The run of the Free Press is currently unknown and only one issue seems to be available in the California State Library.


The free press. : (Redwood City, Cal.) 1893-1???  
Geographic coverage: Redwood City, San Mateo, California   
Publisher: Frank H. Owen
Dates of publication: 1893-1???
Description: Began in 1893.
Frequency: Weekly
Language: English
Subjects: California--Redwood City.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01215157 
Notes: Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 18 (Aug. 18, 1893).
LCCN: sn 95061995
OCLC: 33823815
Holdings: California State Library  <1893:8:18>
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(w) weekly (d) daily (n) daily except Sunday and holidays
(p) partial run  (s) scattered missing issues
CA Lib - California State Library
UCR - University of California Riverside - Newspaper Master Files
RCL - Redwood City Public Library
SM Lib - San Mateo City Library
AFL - Alameda Free Library
SSFPL - South San Francisco Public Library