YOU’LL LOVE THIS IF:
- You’re not familiar with criminal court records and the valuable information on your ancestors they could hold
- You’ve hit a brick wall and want to learn how legal genealogy could help you bust it down
The bountiful paper trail of a criminal court case can be a key resource in your genealogy research, whether your ancestor was a witness or felon, police officer or judge. Bail bonds—which guaranteed the appearance of an individual in court—could even provide the only proof that your ancestor was living in a specific area. The Legal Genealogist blogger Judy Russell will lay out essential strategies for Using Criminal Court Records. This webinar comes with a free PDF download: a copy of Family Tree Magazine’s guide to courthouse records.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Explanation of the complaint and indictment process as it affected your ancestors
- The paper trail generated from arrests and gathering witnesses
- How to find records of pretrial and trial proceedings and what they can tell you about your ancestors
- How sentences—from the stocks to the penitentiary—were issued and documented
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
A certified genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. She blogs regularly at The Legal Genealogist.