Legally Speaking


Learn how understanding law can help you research more effectively. And discover the resources you can use without copyright issues.

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How does understanding the Law actually help your research?

While we often think of the law as onerous and constricting, it is the very same dedication to procedure and commitment to keeping records that makes it a gold mine for researchers. Join Judy as she helps you unearth new avenues for research.

Copyright means you can't use it right?

For some, copyright means protection ... but for the rest of us, it can be a frustrating hurdle to navigate. Judy takes a look at copyright, but not in the way you might think. She will help you discover the resources you CAN use in your family history.

Legally Speaking

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Live Event Date
October 2021
AEST - 9.00am ACST - 8.30am AWST - 7.00am NZDT - 12noon NZ BST - 12midn UK PDT - 4pm Fri US EDT - 7pm Fri US
Start Time
9:00 am
2h 45m
Welcome & Introduction
5 min
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 that off under the Genealogical Proof Standard—the element that 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?
The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search
Judy Russell
Break and exhibition
10 min
Copyright. Licensed. Public Domain. The difference between an image that’s covered by one of these terms rather than another can be the difference between getting sued for using an image in your genealogy report (or book or blog or website) – and having no problems at all. Judy will show you how to find images from around the world that you can freely use.
Picture This! Images We Can Freely Use
Judy Russell


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Judy Russell
Legal Genealogy
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

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