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And another thing…

NARA records gone digital The military and related records that have been the focus of much of the discussion this week on The Legal Genealogist are, for the most part, records that you’ll find at the National Archives of the United States, or NARA for short....

And following up…

The galvanized… The Legal Genealogist had a ball yesterday talking about a wide variety of records that exist today because of an unusual set of laws. In Lincoln’s Laws and the Records of War, a webinar for Legacy Family Tree Webinars that you can now see...

No girls allowed

Women on juries in NY and elsewhere So The Legal Genealogist did her civic duty on Monday and sat around for most of a day waiting to be excused from jury service. It isn’t that I wouldn’t like to serve on a jury. It’s the fact that I’m not the...

Tomorrow: Webinar Wednesday

The laws of war Tomorrow, the 18th of April, is Webinar Wednesday for The Legal Genealogist, and the topic is the laws of war. And I can just hear somebody out there now: “Say what? What do the laws of war have to do with genealogy?” So glad you asked — even if...

The price of citizenship

Being (sigh) a good citizen So The Legal Genealogist is off this morning — at the obscenely early hour of oh-dark-thirty — to perform her civic duty. In my case, that’s going to consist of sitting around for hours in a cold, drafty room on barely-cushioned chairs, for...

The BC mismatch

Needed: one more data point… Oh! what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive! — Sir Walter Scott, Marmion1 A child was born in 1954 in British Columbia and surrendered for adoption. Fast forward 42 years, and the British Columbia...

A heartfelt thank-you

For a gift beyond measure At a Lutheran church on the far south side of Chicago at 11 o’clock this morning, she will be eulogized by those who knew her best. And by those who loved her best. And by those who — like The Legal Genealogist — owe her a...

That dratted census fire

Not a total loss All that burns is not lost. Really. Even when it comes to that dratted fire in 1921 that cost us the bulk of the 1890 U.S. census schedules. So yesterday The Legal Genealogist used the 1908 fire in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to make the point that we...

Behind the numbers

The burning of Chelsea The story is hidden there, behind the numbers. The population of Chelsea, Massachusetts — a Boston suburb — rose steadily through nine straight censuses, from 642 residents in 1820 to 34,072 in 1900. And the rate of growth in some of...

Remember

Never again It will be sundown, officially, at 7:31 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time today, April 11, 2018, in New York City. By then, the sun will already have set elsewhere in the world. At 7:05 p.m. in Jerusalem. At 7:12 p.m. in Belzec, Poland. At 7:16 p.m. in Sobibor,...