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Year 16… never forget…

16 years later… It was sixteen years ago today. A stunningly beautiful day, one of those early fall days in the northeast that fills your heart with joy as you inhale the crisp morning air under deep blue skies with brilliant sunshine. A day on which, you might...

Helping Houston

…while helping ourselves Sometimes it just takes that little extra something to push us over into pulling the DNA testing trigger. That little additional nudge that says: Now. Now is the time. Go ahead. Do it. And being able to help others, particularly those so...

One special marker

For one special man The earliest burials there date back to California territory, though their interment there came later, after the remains were moved there in 1882. There’s a monument there commemorating the 62 sailors who died aboard the USS Bennington when...

Seeking direction

Using city directories The Legal Genealogist is off to California this morning, en route to tomorrow’s Fall seminar of the San Diego Genealogical Society. Yesterday was the last day to register online, but you can always check with the society about walk-in...

A key vital workaround

Yet another data source All of us who research family history — The Legal Genealogist included — tend to get a little … um … irreverent in describing certain events and record types that are near and dear to our hearts. As in the records of...

Weather it is…

San Diego in 1872-73… and more Along with everyone else on every side of the country these days, The Legal Genealogist has been keeping an eye on the weather. With Harvey having hammered the Gulf Coast, and Irma threatening the east, and wildfires raging...

Really Great Registers

Voter registrations, 19th century California style There is a good side to voter fraud. No, really. Would The Legal Genealogist fool you?1 There really is a wonderfully good side to voter fraud. At least in California, in the 19th century. You see, when voter fraud is...

That 1852 enumeration…

Don’t forget those state counts The final tallies were clear. White male inhabitants, 397. White females, 140. Of those residents, 274 were over age 21; 263 were minors. There were seven recorded African-Americans, all male, all over age 21. There were 98...

2017 alphabet soup: I is for…

Not exactly a legal term today… Today, The Legal Genealogist continues full steam ahead at the 2017 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Pittsburgh. This morning, it’s Courting Pennsylvania: the Courts of the Keystone State, and this...

2017 alphabet soup: H is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Along with hundreds of other genealogists from around the country, and even the world, The Legal Genealogist is heading off to Pittsburgh today for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical...