Using Criminal Court Records

Using Criminal Court RecordsSift through criminal case files to find your ancestors in our hour-long guide to Using Criminal Court Records. Did you know that these records could mention your ancestor even if he didn’t commit a crime? From summons to subpoena, witnesses who testify in court leave a paper trail, appearing on a witness list and having their entire testimony recorded by the clerk. The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, will lay out essential strategies for Using Criminal Court Records. This webinar comes with a free PDF download: a copy of Court Orders, our guide to courthouse records.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 11

Starting Time: 7pm EST/6pm CST/5pm MST/4pm PST

Presenter: Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist

Duration: 1 hour

Price: $49.99 ($39.99 early bird until 12/4)


  • Explanation of the complaint and indictment process as it affected your ancestors
  • The paper trail generated from arrests and gathering witnesses
  • How to find records of pretrial and trial proceedings and what they can tell you about your ancestors
  • How sentences—from the stocks to the penitentiary—were issued and documented

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