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Update on our heroes

Michael and Tamara doing well The Legal Genealogist is delighted to report that our community’s heroes — Michael Hall and Tamara Rencher — came through yesterday’s operations with flying colors. As of the end of the day yesterday, both were...

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Today, in the west…

Great love hath no man The Legal Genealogist is in Pittsburgh this week, at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in a new course on the hidden members of our families called Women and Children First! Research Methods for the Hidden Members of the Family....

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Stay calm…

FamilySearch update today The Legal Genealogist shares your concern. Trust me, I’m having the same trouble you’re having, reaching the FamilySearch website. But all is well: It really is a planned update and… gulp… we all hope everything will...

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Opening a can of worms

DNA used to challenge a title It was one of those cases where the first child takes something less than nine months to produce and all subsequent children take a full nine months. The marriage was on the 16th of October 1902. The birth of the first child — a son...

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Hats off to Judge Niles

For noting the hatter’s death It has been exactly 152 years, today, since William M. Robertson died in Attala County, Mississippi. The Legal Genealogist‘s third great grandfather, William was born in North Carolina around 1794.1 Although the case...

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Hurray for the WPA

More New Deal era records for us to use Yesterday’s post on the New Deal had reader G R Berry thinking about other records from that time period that are useful for genealogy. “The New Deal also produced records we can use,” the reader pointed out. “For example,...

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Such a deal!

New Deal resources Genealogists often look at family history as being centuries in the past. The stories of many-times-over great grandparents, not the stories of our grandparents’ generation, our parents’ generation, even in some cases those of us who are...

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We did it!

Freedmen’s Bureau indexing complete! There isn’t much the genealogical community can’t do if we put our minds and hearts to it — and computers too! Case in point: the fabulous job just completed of indexing the records of the Bureau of...

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An intentional quirk

Pepperell’s purposeful oddity Those who research in Massachusetts records are used to seeing it. Prior to a marriage in that colony and Commonwealth, the parties had to give advance public notice of their intention to marry either in their churches or by posting...

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