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On forcing an issue

A thoughtful piece for us all to consider Just how far do we go, as genealogists, with information that we discover in the course of our research? This is an issue with any kind of genealogical research. We can find out about illegitimacies in the census and vital...

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Reprise: A woman of competence

“Possessed of her right mind” (Note: In recognition of The Legal Genealogist‘s participation in the 50th anniversary of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society in Oregon today, at which we’ll be talking a lot about women and the law, here’s a reprise...

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For genealogy bloggers too

A reminder about the FTC rules Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist set out in a footnote a point that really needs to be given a whole lot more emphasis than a single footnote can provide. That’s the fact that “the Federal Trade Commission requires a ‘clear and...

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Review: New Guide to DNA Testing

A winner of a guide to DNA testing. Informative. Understandable. Solid. Any time The Legal Genealogist can say those three things about a book — and particularly about a book on a topic that can be as hard to comprehend as DNA testing — you know we have a...

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O cousin, where art thou?

A cousin perhaps alive today? They may have already been on their way to the hospital, 78 years ago today. They had to have known, the granduncle and grandaunt of The Legal Genealogist, that there were not one but two babies on their way. And they must have been...

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In just one volume

Some clues to answering a key genealogical question So often, the key issue The Legal Genealogist faces — like any other genealogist — in trying to answer a question is how to distinguish person 1 from person 2. And so often some or all of the answer can...

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Nothing new under the sun

Anti-immigrant sentiment long ago It was George Santayana who said it: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”1 So come along with The Legal Genealogist and spend a little time remembering the past today… through the prism of the laws of...

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A mystery in the tax books

His and hers? Or…? If The Legal Genealogist says she’s going to be speaking this weekend at the 2016 Conference of the Montana Genealogical Society, you’d already know what was coming, right? Yep. Poking around in the statute books last night. But...

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