The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, is a genealogist with a law degree. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. 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 is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies. She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society Magazine, among other publications. On the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute, and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, 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 blog—chosen as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 in 2013–2016—appears at The Legal Genealogist website (http://www.legalgenealogist.com).
Jean Thomason IGHR Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Kathy Reichl winner of the Jean Thomason Scholarship for IGHR. She will be taking Course One: Methods and Sources with Pamela Boyer Sayre in July.
Kathy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She was a military wife for 27 years during which time she taught school, worked in government finance, raised two children, and volunteered with a number of community organizations including school and post libraries. When her husband retired from the military in 2006, Kathy took a part-time positon as Reference Assistant at the Columbia County Public Library in Evans, Georgia and began researching both her husband’s and her own family history. In addition to her reference staff duties, Kathy also teaches genealogy classes at two branch libraries and oversees a monthly genealogy club. Kathy hopes to share information she learns from the Methods and Sources course with her patrons in classes and club meetings.
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