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Starting a conversation

Honoring the ancestors The Legal Genealogist is still digging out from under the accumulated email, snail mail and other impacts of being away for three weeks so the return to what passes for normal around here on this blog is getting off to a bit of a slow start. But...

Genealogy Guys Podcasts

Podcasts chock full of fun Do you listen to the Genealogy Guys podcasts? You should, you know, and not just because The Legal Genealogist was the guest of host Drew Smith in the Genealogy Connection episode just published on June 17th. These podcasts are chock full of...

Farewell to my hero

Timothy Evan Geissler, 1973-2017 In so so many ways, Timothy Evan Geissler beat the odds. Born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus at a time when so many children with those conditions died soon after birth, Tim was a fighter who wouldn’t give up. Born to...

Heading home from Down Under

The end of an amazing trip First and foremost, The Legal Genealogist wishes to assure loyal readers that this blog will return to the subject of genealogy and the law… tomorrow. Or maybe the day after. (It depends on flight schedules and jet lag, among other...

Australia 2017 – part 4

A place called Kuranda Up in the hills near Cairns in northern Australia is a placed called Kuranda. It’s a bit touristy. A bit kitschy. And totally magical. First off, it’s got koalas. Like this one, whose name is Pavlova. There’s nothing in the...

Australia 2017 – part 3

The reef The Legal Genealogist has no words to describe the Great Barrier Reef. Oh, you can read all about it: one of the great wonders of the world, visible from space, and all that. But it doesn’t begin to describe what it’s like to be there, and to see...

Australia 2017 – part 2

The birds of Green Island The Legal Genealogist is running behind on travel reports. No excuses, just a simple explanation: I’m playing hooky in a beautiful part of the world. Doing things like indulging my other interest in birdwatching. Which we’ll be...

Australia Fair 2017

Cairns and Green Island Okay, so The Legal Genealogist has absolutely no genealogical reason to be in North Queensland, Australia. And, truth be told, hasn’t been thinking a whole lot about genealogy the past couple of days. You may forgive me … the place...

Farewell to New Zealand 2017

… and on to Australia It has been The Legal Genealogist‘s great privilege to be in New Zealand, to speak as one of many participants in the New Zealand Society of Genealogists’ conference celebrating its 50th anniversary year, and then to spend some...

New Zealand 2017 – part 3

The end of the earth At the very north end of New Zealand’s North Island is a place that one could mistake for the end of the earth. The Legal Genealogist might have thought so — after all, it truly isn’t possible to go any further without getting...