Order in the Court: Finding Your Family in Federal Court Records

DATE: Saturday, May 25, 2013
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Johnson County Central Resource Library
9875 West 87th St., Overland Park, KS

Since the ratification of the U. S. Constitution, federal courts have existed in every state and all
organized territories, enforcing federal law. In the process the courts have created an enormous
quantity of records, documenting actions of individuals from all walks of life and varying
degrees of notoriety. As a result these records can contain a wealth of overlooked resources for
genealogy research. Whether an ancestor struggled with the times and had to file for bankruptcy,
was wronged and filed a civil suit, or got caught up in a wave of crime, the records of the United
States Courts can hold details a genealogist could not find elsewhere.

Join us as Jake Erslund of the National Archives at Kansas City gives us the story on federal
court records. Jake joined NARA as an archivist in 2008. He received both his Bachelor of Arts
and Masters in History from Pittsburg State University.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.