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The widow’s legacy

Chasing those German cousins You remember what The Legal Genealogist says about reading every word, right? Every word, in every record, in every resource, so you don't miss a critical clue somehow. Not that The Legal Genealogist would ever miss a critical clue......

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Ancestry updates terms of services

New consolidated rules So.... everybody logged in to Ancestry yesterday, right? Or AncestryDNA. Or Newspapers.com. Or Fold3.com. And there was that notice right up at the top: “Note: Your privacy is our priority. See how we have updated our Privacy Statement and Terms...

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FCC vs. the people: we lost

Net neutrality repealed Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist wrote about the proposal before the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality. That's the rule that says your internet provider and mine can't charge us more for accessing, say, The Legal...

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Genealogy and net neutrality

NOT a political issue Net neutrality, for a genealogist, is not a political issue. It's a pocketbook issue. And it's one that could hit every one of us in our pocketbooks if we lose the protections of rules guaranteeing net neutrality. Rules that are in dire jeopardy...

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Starting tomorrow…

Sign in on FamilySearch Tomorrow. Wednesday, December 13, 2017. That's the day when access to FamilySearch is going to change. Up until tomorrow, users who aren't signed in have been able to see some records, some indexes and more. Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 13,...

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Promethease promotion

Know before you upload For folks whose primary goal with DNA testing is to get some sort of handle on their overall health situation, Promethease has always been one of the available options and, right now, through the end of the year, it's offering to provide its...

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Ever a Union man

Except maybe not exactly He was The Legal Genealogist's cousin, that David Davenport of North Carolina. In one line, a first cousin four times removed. In another, a second cousin five times removed. Descended from a Baker cousin and surrounded by Baker and Davenport...

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Begging your pardon

Begging your pardon Records of the Civil War The war had already been going on for more than two years on that day in December, 154 years ago today. The country had been through Bull Run and Antietam and Shiloh and Vicksburg and Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and...

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Remembering Halifax

With Christmas trees and records It arrived in Boston in November -- a 53-foot white spruce given to the city by the Campbell family of Cape Breton Island. Lit up on Boston Common last week, it was a gift to the people of the City of Boston from the people of another...

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