General Meeting:  “From 1619 to Juneteenth — Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War”
Hybrid Meeting ‐ Zoom and In-person viewing

Judy G. Russell, presenting virtually
Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 6:30 - 8:30 pm PST
Member meeting at 6:30 pm. Speaker at 6:45 pm.

Online meeting via Zoom Meeting
In-person viewing: Santa Clara Central Park Library, Redwood Room
No issue more bitterly impacted early America than slavery. Defended by some, and decried by others, slavery left its mark on the laws of the nation and all the states, enslaved or free. The records created by those laws provide critical clues for genealogists, whether descended from enslaved or enslaver.

Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationally‐known lecturer and award‐winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Her blog is at

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To attend on-line

  • The meeting will be conducted via a Zoom online meeting.
  • The meeting is at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 20
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Click here to register; a meeting link will be sent to your email.

To attend in-person viewing

  • Meet in the Redwood Room, Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara
  • The meeting is at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 20
  • Pre-registration is requested. Please send us an email with your name and the expected number of attendees.
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