The Monmouth County Genealogy Society Meeting

Lincroft, NJ - Judy Russell, aka ”the Legal Genealogist”, will be the featured speaker at the Sunday, July 12, 2015 general meeting of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society. The topic of her talk will be “Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep” at 1:30 P.M. at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown.

“Playing detective in court records can unmask those black sheep every family has. - and it’s fun!” Ms. Russell says. Meeting attendees will “learn to understand the criminal process in both federal and state courts and how to find the records to put meat on the bones of the skeletons in your family’s closet.”


Judy is a genealogist with a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor, from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.   She has worked as a newspaper reporter, legal investigator, defense attorney, federal prosecutor, and law editor, and has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Rutgers Law School for more than 20 years.

She is also known as a Genealogy Rock Star, thanks to an international poll conducted each September by genealogy blogger, John D. Reid. She was named both “International Rockstar Genealogist” and “USA Rockstar Genealogist” in the most recent poll.”