Justice of the Peace… More Than a Marriage Officator

Genealogy Gold: Justice of the Peace records

Did you ancestor have a legal name change, was tried for misdemeanors, work as an indenture, break the Sabbath or marry outside of a church? If so, you should be investigating Justice of the Peace records.


Wait. What?

Yes. Justice of the Peace records handle many small transactions in the lives of our ancestors, but few people know how to access this information. Thankfully, Michael L Strauss of the Genealogy Research Network is available to help us discover the many records the JPs kept and how we can access the files. Your ancestor’s case might be ready to crack open with a review of this record set.

Micahel says that Justice of the Peace records, ” are long overlooked by genealogists. These records are a wonderful source of genealogical information that will prove to be a treasure of information for any researcher.”

His webinar is part of the  Lake Havasu Genealogical Society spring eConference “Moments of their Lives.”

The Moments of Their Lives eConference is a fundraiser for the Lake Havasu Genealogical Society which is ‘dedicated to collecting and preserving genealogical and historical data. The Lake Havasu Genealogical library currently has over 2,000 volumes of family history and genealogy books and over 6,000 periodicals.  The Lake Havasu Genealogical Society receives 25% of each registration fee to support their library and other objectives.
 During the Moments of Their Lives eConference, we will examine non-traditional records rich with in-depth details about your dearly departed. The eConference is open to anyone, with an internet connection, ready to have fun while learning!
This eConference features four hours of interactive instruction. Many speakers will take questions throughout their presentations! The speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have. It will be a great day for education and entertainment.
You can watch the live webinar presentations beginning at 8:30 AM (MST) via the link provided after registration.

Or you can watch the replay at your own leisure if you can not attend any session live. The replay will be available for those who pre-registered for up to on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. If you can’t make the live presentation, sign-up in advance for the replay.

Lake Havasu eConference
Michael L Strauss is a professional genealogist and a national genealogical lecturer. A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He has been an avid genealogist for more than 35 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness on Estate matters in courts in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia and an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. His website is Genealogy Research Network



Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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