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Election day plans

Some research, perhaps! What are your plans for tomorrow? You know. Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. It’s election day in the United States. It’s not a federal election day — members of Congress are elected in even numbered years — but many...

Sometimes it gets it right

New AncestryDNA privacy setting Every time AncestryDNA changes something, the naysayers come out in force. Every. Single. Time. If it changes the way it reports something. If it changes its ethnicity results. If it changes its terms of service. And, now, that...

A Civil War loss

In the fall of 1862… It was the first day of June 1874, and Anna (Jacobs) Battles was trying to push forward with her late husband’s claim for property she said had been taken by the Union Army when it came through their land in Cherokee County, Alabama,...

Records of passing

Get all the documents All Hallows’ Eve. All Saints Day. All Souls Day. Day of the Dead. The calendar here at this time of year can make some people think there’s something really macabre — or depressing — about the end of October and beginning...

Stamping the law

Finding early British laws It was entitled “An act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties, in the British colonies and plantations in America, towards further defraying the expences of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for...

A proper Halloween inquest

Cases of death Don’t blame The Legal Genealogist. The NYG&B started it. Really.1 So it’s all their fault. But what better topic to pick up on, here on Halloween 2017, than the topic of unusual ways to die…? Now I’ll admit I certainly...

Forty-two names

Licenses, 1762 style There are 42 names on the list in the records of the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace held at York for the County of York the last Tuesday of July 1762. Every one of them is set out in full, with first name, last name and even, in...

Spread that DNA around

The value of all the databases It’s standard advice no matter what field we’re in. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Whether we’re dealing with investing for retirement, or making other kinds of plans for the future, having all our hopes...

Living and losing

Living and losing Bidding farewell She was born just about noon that Friday, the 27th of October, 162 years ago yesterday. The year was 1855, the place most likely the little village of Bad Köstritz in what is now the German State of Thüringen. Her father was Johann...