NYSFHC Experts: Judy G. Russell and Thomas W. Jones

Before you know it, the 2018 New York State Family History Conference will be kicking off.

From September 13 - 15, genealogy enthusiasts with an interest in New York State research will gather in Tarrytown, New York for several days of learning, networking, and fun meeting other like-minded researchers. 

NYSFHC 2018 offers 45 lectures covering all of the most popular and relevant topics genealogists want to learn about.

Topics include: 

  • New York State research
  • New York repositories and websites
  • DNA and genealogy
  • United States research
  • Methodology 

Click here to read an article about all 45 of our sessions.

If you're interested in attending, hurry! Early bird discounts end May 31, so register today to save your spot and lock in the lowest ticket price. 


Experts at NYSFHC

The New York State Family History Conference attracts experts from all over the world. Today we would like to introduce you to two of those experts - Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, and Dr. Thomas W. Jones. 

Both names are highly respected and widely recognized - they are frequent speakers at genealogy conferences around the country and have been helping researchers improve their knowledge and skills for many years. 


A genealogist with a law degree, 
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL,
is a speaker, educator, and writer.
She authors the popular blog, 
The Legal Genealogist

Judy G. Russell

Judy G. Russell is a genealogist who writes and lectures on topics ranging from court records to understanding DNA testing. She is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical LecturerSM.

Her award-winning blog, The Legal Genealogisthelps researchers understand many crucial historical and contemporary legal concepts and jargon. 

Over her wide-ranging career, she has practiced law, written professionally in several capacities, and also served as an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School. She routinely travels the country to lecture at genealogy conferences and events, and is a current faculty member at numerous institutions dedicated to genealogical education.     

We're thrilled to have Judy at our 2018 New York State Family History Conference - attendees will have the opportunity to learn from her at four different sessions:

  • More than Just Names: Advanced US Census Research
  • Courting the Empire State: New York’s Early Court Records
  • Writ in Stone: Cemeteries and Genealogy
  • Copyright Mythconceptions


Click here to see the rest of the conference program


Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, an acclaimed and essential guide to genealogical research for those serious about improving their skills.

He is also an award-winning genealogical editor, educator, and researcher - he has been serving as co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. 

Dr. Thomas W. Jones leads
many intensive workshops
and courses, and is author
of the acclaimed
Mastering Genealogical Proof​

With over forty years of research and teaching experience, he frequently lectures, teaches, and writes about sound genealogical methods.

Members of the NYG&B may recognize Dr. Jones as the leader of the "Write It Up" workshop our society has sponsored in recent years, which helps researchers improve their writing skills and even get their work published

Anyone who wants to improve their skills and build a solid foundation for their research should make sure to attend Dr. Jones' sessions and workshop at NYSFHC 2018.

He is leading one pre-conference workshop (only a few spots left!) and two sessions:

  • Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion
  • Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How


Click here to see the rest of the conference program


Pre-Conference Workshop: Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses; Planning an Exhaustive Search 

Thursday, September 13, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop covers pinpointing what a researcher wants to learn about an ancestor; developing strategies for determining which records to consult and where to find them; and planning research of sufficient scope to answer a genealogical question convincingly.

How to register: Tickets for this workshop are $58. When you register for NYSFHC, you will have an opportunity to add a workshop ticket to your registration.

If you have already registered, please call (212) 755-8532, extension 211 to add this ticket to your registration. 


More about NYSFHC 2018

This gathering of genealogy enthusiasts also provides networking opportunities and social events alongside the opportunity to test the latest tools and methods for tracing New York families.

Our 45+ conference sessions cover a huge range of subjects and are presented by nationally recognized speakers who are the foremost experts in the field.  

Conference attendees will be a short trip away from the many world-class repositories of New York City (which contain information on families from all over New York State).


Click here to register

A special thanks to our 2018 conference sponsors!