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The 23andMe class action

Opt in or opt out Yes, it really is for real. No, it's not a scam. Yes, you will need to act to get the maximum benefit from it. “It,” in this case, is the settlement of a class action lawsuit against 23andMe that was handled by way of arbitration through the American...

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Reprise: something about California

Not even for a cable car ride This story has been told before. In February of 2014, to be exact, when The Legal Genealogist was in California for a different speaking engagement.[1. See Judy G. Russell, “Something about California,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 1 Feb...

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Gone to California?

Finding those wayward westerners It's a surname that's fairly uncommon, even today. In 1850, fewer than 3,100 people were enumerated in the United States census with the surname of Battles -- or any spelling variant of the name. By 1940, there were still fewer than...

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The business of California

Reading the ads In just about every county, in most cities and many small towns, there is one source a genealogist can count on at least for background information about the time and the place. It's the newspapers. Published once a week or once a day, sometimes less...

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Finding the Hales

Not where they might be expected... Let's see here... California. Alabama. Virginia. Nope. Those are not the same. Not the same number of letters. Not the same places. And yet it became clear last night that there is something that ties them all together... with a...

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Mapping California

Part of America's treasures in an American treasure They range from 1680 to 2012. They are 230 in number. They originated with the United States War Department. With the National Park Service. With the State Mining Bureau. And with a wide variety of private...

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Confirming Isabella

Confirming Isabella Another solid X-match It's always comforting when the DNA evidence matches the paper trail. Especially when you've spent as much time researching a paper trail as The Legal Genealogist has spent on her second great grandmother, Isabella (Gentry)...

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Becoming unAmerican

When the law said “no you don't” One hundred and five (corrected) years ago tomorrow, a young couple married in Tarrant County, Texas. The bride: Maud Lillian Cottrell. Born 26 January 1890 to Martin Gilbert and Martha (Johnson) Cottrell and, thus, older sister to The...

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Finding Maryland law

One-stop-shopping for the law of the Old Line State The Legal Genealogist is off today, heading south for the Fall Seminar of the Maryland Genealogical Society... but not -- for once -- to an airport. No, this afternoon I'll be behind the wheel, since Maryland is well...

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