Genealogical DNA testing is still a relative new tool in our genealogy toolbox. Take a look back, see how far we have come, and explore what the future may hold.
Cindy is the owner of Let's Do Genealogy and has submitted her Portfolio to BCG. She is the President of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County, leads the DNA Interest Group, teaches at the Center for Lifelong Learning, and works closely with the Okaloosa County Libraries to bring genealogy content to their patrons.
Saturday, April 25
FirstSearch Digital Library (WFPL Genealogy 101)
West Florida Genealogy Branch Library
Sponsored by FamilySearch, this is the largest genealogical library in the world.
Saturday, May 30
Finding Digitized Newspapers (WFPL Genealogy 101)
West Florida Genealogy Branch Library
Search digitized historical newspapers using Google News, Chronicling America, Historic American Newspapers, Fulton HIstory.com, and more.
Saturday, June 27
PERSI Periodical Source Index (WFPL Genealogy 101)
West Florida Genealogy Library
Learn to find articles from periodicals, both newspapers and journals, to help you in your advanced research.
Saturday, October 31
2020 Fall Seminar (Seminars and Workshops)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Edward D. Chadbourne Library, Pensacola State College
You spoke, and we have listened! In an effort to continue providing top-notch genealogical education for our members, we are very excited to announce that Judy G. Russell, also known as The Legal Genealogist, will be the speaker for our 2020 Fall Seminar. This venue will allow us to comfortably fit the packed crowd that we are expecting. Registration opens exclusively for current West Florida Genealogical Society members on April 4, so renew your membership now and be ready to reserve your seat. Society members will receive a special discounted price of $65 per person. Registration for non-members will open on June 1 for $80 per person. Registration includes a full day of presentations, expanded lunch menu, chances to win some great door prizes, and a wonderful day spent with fellow genealogists. We look forward to seeing you there. Registration forms and more details will be coming in the following weeks.
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 holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Before she retired, she worked as a newspaper reporter, trade association writer, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, law editor and, for more than 20 years, was an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School.
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 (from which she received the 2017 Award of Excellence), the National Genealogical Society Magazine, the FGS Forum, BCG’s OnBoard, and Family Tree 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 award-winning blog appears at The Legal Genealogist website (http://www.legalgenealogist.com).