Dowered and Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans

  • 10 May 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom, On line

“Dowered and Bound Out: 

Records of Widows and Orphans”

Judy Russell

Monday, May 10, 2021

Members ONLY

Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law.  However, it is not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect.  An orphan in the early days wasn’t a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died.  The law didn’t care much about the mother.  She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more.  Learn more of the way that the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree.  She writes, teaches, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. 

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies.  She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (from which she received the 2017 Award of Excellence), the National Genealogical Society Magazine,  the FGS Forum, OnBoard,  and Family Tree Magazine, among other publications.

On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer.  Her award-winning blog is at

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