Meet Marquee Speaker Judy Russell

Meet Marquee Speaker Judy 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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Meet Marquee Speaker Katherine Schober

Meet Marquee Speaker 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!

Meet Marquee Speaker Timo Kracke

Meet Marquee Speaker Timo Kracke

Timo is a hobby genealogist who has more than 20 years of experience in genealogy. Timo volunteers for several German societies, is a board member for Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde e.V., and director at-large for the International German Genealogy Partnership.
Since 2012, Timo has been the voice of the German Podcast der Genealoge and in 2014 he started the Kids-Genealogy project die Familienforscher where he publishes guides and ideas about involving children in genealogy and gives tips for literature and excursions. 
Timo is a tech guy who is available on several social networks. He loves to share his knowledge with the community. 

At the IGGP Conference in July, Timo will be presenting “CompGen und viel mehr – entdecken sie die online Quellen der genealogischen Vereine in Deutschland” / “ and beyond – discover Germany’s many free online resources for family history research”. Hope to see you there!

IGGC 2021 Presenter – Roger Minert

Dr. Roger Minert

With a doctoral degree in German language history, Dr. Roger Minert (BYU) has more than 150 publications and has spoken at family history conferences since 1991. He directs the research program “German Immigrants in American Church Records” and recently published books on German census records and residential registration. Dr. Minert will give a LIVE! presentation at the IGGP conference: “Enumerated, Registered and Forgotten: Censuses and Residential Registration in Germany“.

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