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Centre County Genealogical Society Presents An all-day Family History Conference

An all-day Family History Conference featuring four talks by Judy G Russell, “The Legal Genealogist.” Auditorium, Foxdale Village. Registration is now open! See brochure or visit our website for full details. (This conference is in lieu of our regular May evening program.)


Courting Pennsylvania: The Courts of the Keystone State
More than perhaps any other general category of genealogical records, court records provide an intimate glimpse into and, often, the be
st available evidence of the lives and times of ancestors. Understanding the records of the courts–especially those closest to the average
citizen–is crucial to finding clues to family history in Pennsylvania and beyond.
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data... but like so many things that sound good, it’seasier said than done. What exactly are we supposed to do when we encounter conflicting evidence? What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods–and tips and tricks –we can use to resolve them
“Don’t Forget the Ladies”–A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected”–second-class–status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
“No Person Shall ... Gallop Horses In the Streets”–Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives
Early court records give color and meaning to the lives and times of our ancestors. County courts often functioned as both judiciary and legislature, and appeals courts published fact - filled opinions. While the records often establish relationships to help build a family tree,
they offer so much richness and depth to help tell a family’s story.
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