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2017 alphabet soup: F is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. The Legal Genealogist is sprinting to the finish line of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh at LaRoche College. Rick Sayre and I co-coordinate this class, Law School for Genealogists,...

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2017 alphabet soup: E is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. The Legal Genealogist survived the first two of this summer's institutes -- the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Genealogical Institute on Federal...

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2017 alphabet soup: D is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. The Legal Genealogist is back in the air today, heading away from the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and towards the Genealogical Institute on Federal...

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2017 alphabet soup: C is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Yep, The Legal Genealogist is back on the road. (I'm sure that will come as a shock... not...) It's the start of the institute season this summer, and for the first time ever -- and hopefully for...

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Stand up for records access!

Reposted from RPAC (Note: The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, with input from...

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A matter of consent

The consenting adults Reader Cathy Holcombe was puzzled by a marriage record. It looked like it might be a marriage bond. But it didn't have the language of a typical marriage bond. Yet it had something most marriage bonds have: signatures of other people. So what was...

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SLIG registration for 2018

Course registration opens Saturday July 8 It's that time of year again, when genealogists from around the country -- and the world -- suffer while colleague after colleague mentions what wonderful experiences each is having at what The Legal Genealogist calls “summer...

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July 4th… 2017

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the...

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Best genealogy ad ever

Ancestry's new Fourth of July ad This may be the Best Genealogy Ad Ever. In capital letters. Bold. And italics. Seriously. Ancestry has just produced an ad for the Fourth of July celebration here in the United States which will give you goosebumps. It's captioned...

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That YDNA lament

No matches? No testers! It's a common complaint in one very common group: “I don't have any close YDNA matches!” The speaker in this case, as in so many cases, is German-American. Roughly one in seven Americans has some German ancestry,[1. Roughly 46 million of...

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