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Memorial Day 2017

Remembering the fallen and those who remembered them It is Memorial Day here in the United States; today is the official holiday, the end of the three-day weekend, during which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It was added to the federal...

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Contesting DNA

And the winner is... What might you ... and the scientific community ... think was the most interesting DNA in the world? That was the question posed first to a panel tasked with deciding which entrants in the plant and animal category would reach the finalist stage...

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Odd cousin out

Thank heavens for books... and grandmothers... This is the Memorial Day weekend here in the United States -- and on the actual holiday itself The Legal Genealogist will speak of one particular loss in the family. But today... on the day reserved for writing about my...

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Sanborn online at LOC

A gift from Sanborn and the Library of Congress The genealogical community got the first installment of what's going to be a fabulous gift for research when the Library of Congress announced yesterday that nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps have gone online and...

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A deadly term

What the nephew was to inherit On the 20th day of July in the year 1861, a New Zealander by the name of Charles Trick executed his last will and testament. In many ways, there's really nothing unusual about the document. It's got the usual language about “by the Grace...

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