Meet Marquee Speaker Judy Russell

Judy G. Russell

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 (

At the IGGP Conference in July, Judy will be presenting on What are the tools we can use to figure out which Johann Christoph is mine? See you there!

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Registration Open for the German Genealogy Conference!

Registration for the International German Genealogy Conference is now open! With the theme of Researching Together Worldwide / weltweit gemeinsam forschen, this much-anticipated virtual conference will be held 17 July to 24 July 2021.

Registration can be completed at the following link: or at the registration button above.

A special Early-Bird registration discount is possible until 31 March 2021.

Four different packages are available for the conference. While the IGGP LIVE! Package includes the eight live lectures by an all-star lineup of genealogy experts (Early Bird $119, Regular $169), and the IGGP OnDemand package features more than fifty prerecorded sessions for you to watch at your convenience (Early Bird $179, Regular $229), the IGGP Combo Package is recommended for the genealogist wanting to get the most out of their virtual conference experience (Early Bird $229, Regular $279).

This recommended IGGP Combo Package includes access to both the eight LIVE sessions – featuring popular speakers Ute Brandenburg, Wolfgang Grams, Timo Kracke, Roger Minert, Judy Russell, Katherine Schober, Diahan Southard, and Michael Strauss – as well as one-year access to the over fifty OnDemand sessions, which include an extensive variety of German genealogy topics hand-selected to best aid your research.

If you would like these sessions indefinitely, the top-tier IGGP USB Works Package includes all of the Combo Package plus a preloaded USB flashdrive with all the conference sessions, meaning that you will have lifetime access to these expert-level lectures (Early Bird $249, Regular $295).

All packages include access to the online sponsor and exhibit hall, as well as to the Connections” breakout sessions that will bring together small groups with similar German genealogy or cultural affinities.

This virtual conference is a must-attend for anyone researching their German ancestors. With expected participation from genealogists around the world, researchers will have a unique opportunity to connect across borders while simultaneously learning from the top experts in the field. To stay up-to-date on conference news, be sure to sign-up for the IGGP conference newsletter here For any additional questions, contact James Beidler at, Nancy Myers at, or Katherine Schober at

Die Anmeldung für die “International German Genealogy Conference“ ist jetzt eröffnet!

Die Anmeldung für die “International German Genealogy Conference“ ist jetzt eröffnet!
Unter dem Motto “weltweit gemeinsam forschen” findet diese mit Spannung erwartete virtuelle Konferenz vom 17. bis 24. Juli 2021 statt.

Unter folgendem Link können Sie sich registrieren:
Bis zum 31. März 2021 gibt es einen Early-Bird-Registrierungsrabatt!

Für die Konferenz werden vier verschiedene Pakete angeboten: Während das “IGGP LIVE!” Paket die acht Live-Vorträge eines Staraufgebots von Genealogie-Experten enthält (Early Bird $119, regulär $169) und das “IGGP OnDemand-Paket” mehr als fünfzig aufgezeichnete Sessions enthält, die Sie sich nach Belieben ansehen können (Early Bird $179, regulär $229), wird das “IGGP Combo-Paket” für Genealogen empfohlen, die das Beste aus ihrer virtuellen Konferenzerfahrung herausholen wollen (Early Bird $229, regulär $279). Das empfohlene IGGP-Kombi-Paket beinhaltet sowohl den Zugang zu den acht LIVE-Sitzungen – mit den beliebten Sprechern Wolfgang Grams, Timo Kracke, Ute Brandenburg, Roger Minert, Judy Russell, Katherine Schober, Diahan Southard und Michael Strauss – als auch den einjährigen Zugang zu den über fünfzig OnDemand-Sitzungen, die eine große Auswahl an handverlesenen deutschen Genealogie-Themen beinhalten, um Ihre Forschung bestmöglich zu unterstützen.

Wenn Sie diese Vorträge auf unbestimmte Zeit hören möchten, enthält das “IGGP USB Works-Paket” das gesamte Combo-Paket plus einen USB-Stick mit allen Vorträgen der Konferenz. Das bedeutet, dass Sie lebenslangen Zugang zu diesen Expertenvorträgen haben (Early Bird $249, regulär $295). Alle Pakete beinhalten den Zugang zum Online-Sponsor und zur Ausstellungshalle sowie zu den “Connections”-Breakout-Sitzungen, die kleine Gruppen mit ähnlicher deutscher Abstammung zusammenbringen.

Diese virtuelle Konferenz ist ein Muss für jeden, der nach seinen deutschen Vorfahren forscht oder seine Cousins in Übersee sucht. Durch die Teilnahme von Genealogen aus der ganzen Welt haben Forscher die einmalige Gelegenheit, sich über Grenzen hinweg auszutauschen und gleichzeitig von den besten Experten auf diesem Gebiet zu lernen.

Um auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben, sollten Sie sich für den IGGP-Konferenz-Newsletter anmelden: Bei weiteren Fragen wenden Sie sich bitte an James Beidler unter, Nancy Myers unter, oder Katherine Schober unter

Meet Marquee Speaker Katherine Schober

Katherine Schober

Katherine Schober is a German-English genealogy speaker, author, and translator, specializing in the old German handwriting. In addition to translating letters, diaries, church records, vital records, and more, she is also the author of The Magic of German Church Records and Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting, as well as the creator of the online course Reading the Old German Handwriting.

Although Katherine now lives in her hometown of St. Louis, she previously spent four years in Salzburg, Austria, teaching English and translating German in the beautiful foothills of the Alps. She enjoys getting to go back to Austria once a year to visit her husband’s family and to go hiking or skiing in those beautiful mountains!

At the IGGP Conference in July, Katherine will be presenting on “A Wealth of Websites: Deciphering the German Script Made Easy”, as well as “I Don’t Speak German: Transcription and Translation Tricks for German Records” and “All You Need to Know About Names in German Records”. Hope to see you there!

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