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Using Criminal Court Records OnDemand Webinar

By Judy Russell

SKU# U5118


  • 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.


  • 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


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.

SKU U5118
Author/Speaker/Editor Judy Russell
File Type MP4, PDF

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