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Learning from the law

Not the politics of the day A toughening of immigration and naturalization laws sending a clear signal to immigrants that they are, in general, not welcome here. Even legal immigrants under threat of removal from the United States whenever the President deems them...

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Born today

Two not-so-dissimilar men Today, the 19th of January, marks the anniversaries of the births of two remarkable American men. On this day in 1807, in Stratford Hall, Virginia, a son was born to the aristocratic Lee family. The child was named Robert Edward Lee.1 And on...

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The ethics of criticism

Being nice versus being right The genealogical community is a small one, as communities go. And, as with any small pond, something that makes waves is going to attract a lot more attention in our community than, say, even the largest-ever-built ocean liner would make...

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RootsTech party

The party after the party RootsTech is a party for genealogists. Seriously. It’s going to be at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 8-11, 2017, and it has more than 200 breakout sessions for all levels of experience so that the biggest...

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From the Roots of a Tree

The genealogy of a national hero Yesterday — January 15, 2017 — would have been the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old enough to remember know only too well that he died 4 April...

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DNA basics for a sound foundation

Building a sturdy genetic genealogy house If we want to build a sturdy house, we have to have a sound foundation. It’s that sound foundation on which everything else is built: the walls, the floors, the roof all depend on having a sound foundation. So when we...

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Through the years

A grandmother’s — and a family’s — life They are the enduring treasures of any family. The photos of those who have gone before. And — even better — the words of those who have gone before, in their own hand. The Legal...

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Suggestion: opt out now

For privacy, this site’s not a good idea There’s a genealogy website out there called FamilyTreeNow that sounds really great. Its homepage says it has “one of the largest collections of genealogy records anywhere, and they’re all 100% free to...

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One cent and no thanks

Rewards for runaways There was a great discussion on Facebook last week of advertisements for the return of runaways. In this case, not ads the initial poster was used to seeing — not ads for the return of runaway slaves. No, these were ads for the return of...

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