NGS 2023 Luncheon Speaker Spotlight—Judy G. Russell

April 29th, 2023 by Teresa Kelley


Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM, The Legal Genealogist, provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law, history, and genealogy come together.
Session Number: T133, Hosted by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
Title: Just Three Generations: New York Style
Date and Time: Thursday, 1 June, at 12:30 p.m.
Some years back, an archivist at the National Archives repository in Fort Worth noted that it only takes three generations for oral history to fade away and be lost. He said it must be purposely and accurately passed on through the generations to survive and be known today and into the future.

As American genealogists, we all know the pain of losing pieces of the past: records loss is all too common, through wars, floods, fires, even simple neglect.

And we’ve all found, too often, that the oral history that might fill in the gaps hasn’t been passed down purposely and accurately. There are too many family stories that are just that: just stories. Even in New York, family history can be lost, in just three generations.

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