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2017 top posts: overall

The overall winners of 2017 So, putting the top DNA posts of 2017 aside after Sunday’s post, The Legal Genealogist continues the look back at this crazy tumultuous year with a review of the top posts overall from all of 2017. There are some interesting choices...

2017 top posts: DNA

2017 DNA retrospective Here we are, in the last days of 2017, so it’s time to stop for a moment, and reflect as part of a year-end review. As has been true in other recent years, this has been a pretty amazing year for DNA testing and its use in genealogy. Not...

Minor data breach at Ancestry

Part of RootsWeb to go offline The folks at Ancestry have taken a proactive security step of closing part of the RootsWeb service today after being notified of a security breach affecting one part of the RootsWeb service. The security issue came from a part of...

2017 top posts: family

Top family posts of the year Here we are, in the last days of 2017, and The Legal Genealogist is once again taking just a moment to think back and reflect. It’s Saturday… the day I usually focus on my family here in the blog. And it’s almost...

The laws of Christmas: 2017 reprise

It wasn’t always a holiday In keeping with The Legal Genealogist‘s Christmas tradition of keeping the blog going while scrambling to handle holiday duties, this post (a reprise from years past), has a question for you: are you planning for a good Christmas...

The dark of winter

But the light always returns Nine hours, 15 minutes and nine seconds. That’s how long The Legal Genealogist can expect daylight today. Today. December 21. The shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The sun rose at 7:17 a.m. today and will set at...

Last question, best question

When do you research the law It was the last question after the webinar last night, and it was the best. The webinar was part of the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ webinar series,1 in association with Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and the topic was The...

BCG webinar tonight: law and (re)search

Free BCG webinar tonight How many times has The Legal Genealogist said it? To understand the records we have to understand the law… and not in general but the law of the exact time when the record was created and in the exact place where the record was created....

Scholarship deadlines looming

The clock is running It’s a busy time of year for everyone, genealogists included, and so it’s easy to overlook some deadlines. But there are a couple coming up in just a few days that you shouldn’t overlook. Because they could make it possible to...