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Term of the day: oh those kids

Older, younger, say what? Today is the first full day of the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and a full week of teaching awaits. So nobody will go into withdrawal, however, The Legal Genealogist offers… The term of the day: YOUNGER CHILDREN. Now we all...

Term of the day: haplogroup

Term of the day Back on the road: tomorrow sounds the opening bell for the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy — and a whole mess of lectures and presentations in five days. But The Legal Genealogist can’t allow her faithful readers to suffer the pangs...

Bidding goodbye to the circus

End of an era There will be those, The Legal Genealogist is sure, who welcome with whole hearts the end of this particular era. Who greeted the news with relief and with joy. The circus will no longer come to town. This past week, the announcement came in a press...

Learning from the law

Not the politics of the day A toughening of immigration and naturalization laws sending a clear signal to immigrants that they are, in general, not welcome here. Even legal immigrants under threat of removal from the United States whenever the President deems them...

Born today

Two not-so-dissimilar men Today, the 19th of January, marks the anniversaries of the births of two remarkable American men. On this day in 1807, in Stratford Hall, Virginia, a son was born to the aristocratic Lee family. The child was named Robert Edward Lee.1 And on...

The ethics of criticism

Being nice versus being right The genealogical community is a small one, as communities go. And, as with any small pond, something that makes waves is going to attract a lot more attention in our community than, say, even the largest-ever-built ocean liner would make...

RootsTech party

The party after the party RootsTech is a party for genealogists. Seriously. It’s going to be at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 8-11, 2017, and it has more than 200 breakout sessions for all levels of experience so that the biggest...

From the Roots of a Tree

The genealogy of a national hero Yesterday — January 15, 2017 — would have been the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old enough to remember know only too well that he died 4 April...

DNA basics for a sound foundation

Building a sturdy genetic genealogy house If we want to build a sturdy house, we have to have a sound foundation. It’s that sound foundation on which everything else is built: the walls, the floors, the roof all depend on having a sound foundation. So when we...

Through the years

A grandmother’s — and a family’s — life They are the enduring treasures of any family. The photos of those who have gone before. And — even better — the words of those who have gone before, in their own hand. The Legal...