The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence From Bad

March 5, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Will Be Held Virtually (subject to change)

The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence From Bad
Presented by Judy G. Russell, JD

The “best evidence” rule in law prefers that documents presented to a court be the original rather than a copy. A copy won’t even be admitted if the original is available. In genealogy, our rules require us to do the same: to discriminate, to choose the preferred proof, and to favor certain types of evidence and sources of information to others. What is considered “good” and “bad” evidence? wards owing to their racial or religious backgrounds.

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL is The Legal Genealogist. She provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationallyknown lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a lawyer, Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her blog is at

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