The Gentlemen Judges: Justices of the Peace

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Oct 18, 2023
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
1m 39s
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Introduction
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Who the justices were
11m 37s
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Duties
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The Records
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Where are the records?
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
5m 35s

About this webinar

Landowners but legal laymen, America’s early justices of the peace served up ground-level justice and local governance, creating records unparalleled for genealogists.

About the speaker

About the speaker

A genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. She has a bachelor’s degre
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  1. RN
    Russell Nelson
    4 months ago

    My paternal grandfather’s given names were John Pelham, and for years he went by “JP,” Sure enough, when his kids (my father) got into school, he became JP. It certainly helps find things about him since many notices and activities were required to be printed in the local newspaper. It helped define his FAN club.

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    Faith Jaycox
    4 months ago

    Thank you for this wonderful webinar, with a whole arsenal of suggestions for locating records (and the name of a Washington County “marrying JP” in addition, for whom I will definitely be searching.)

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    Renate Sanders
    5 months ago

    Thanks, Judy, for another wonderfully informative talk! It’s always a pleasure to learn from you!

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  4. BA
    Beverly Anderson
    5 months ago

    Amazing! I have many, many, many JP’s in my ancestry. I had no idea that there would be info available. I hope I can find their info to include in their stories.

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    Jan Penningon
    5 months ago

    AS usual Judy Russell’s webinar was full of information. This topic – Justices of the Peace was totally new to me but with the information Judy provided I feel I could look for information relevant to my family.

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    Janet Shahmiri
    5 months ago

    The mastery of law is an essential component of this Genealogist to impart to other Genealogists. She arms us to incorporate these valuable documents in our research on ancestors, Excellent delivery. Enjoyed Ms. Russell.

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    Clara Lawver
    5 months ago

    Five + . Especially the “various names and titles” and Civil – Crimnal – Governmental responsibilities. Thank you Judy.

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    Jan&Greg Niehoff
    5 months ago

    Very interesting!!! We know that a third great grandfather was a justice of the peace. Looking forward to further searching his election. Thank you!

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