12 April 2009

Florida: US State Court Records, April 22

Licensed Michigan attorney Diane Freilich will speak on "US State Court Records - a Valuable Resource," at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County (JGSPBC).

The meeting begins at 11.30am, Wednesday, April 22 at the South County Civic Center, Delray Beach.

An expert in researching legal documents, Freilich says legal records are a valuable source of family history, and she will discuss the legal system, availability of public documents in courthouses and motivate researchers.

The focus will be on the following aspects of the legal system (predominately at the state level): Civil records, including family law and criminal law; Register of Deeds including deeds and plats of land; Probate records with an emphasis on wills and estates.

The lecture will include an understanding of basic legal terms and information generally contained within certain legal documents.

Freilich serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan. Awell known lecturer, she has spoken at many international genealogical conferences, and has written articles on the subject.

The meeting will also include a meeting of the Polish SIG, from 11.30-12.30pm, followed by Freilich's talk at 1pm. Admission: members, free; others, $5.

See the JGSPBC website for more details and directions.

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