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DNA tests not to bother with

Not for genealogists Today is National DNA Day, a special day chosen by the National Human Genome Research Institute to honor two major developments in genetic research. First, it honors the discovery in 1953 of the DNA double helix by Cambridge University scientists...

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For Oregonians only

A terrific resource for Oregon research Whenever The Legal Genealogist travels to speak to local genealogical societies, one of the preparatory steps is to find resources for the laws of that local area. It's a sure bet that those local laws, starting as far back as...

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Reaching critical mass

The numbers keep climbing One of the keys to success in using DNA for genealogy is luck: having someone else who shares your DNA who's also tested with the company (or companies) you tested with and who's willing to connect and collaborate with you on your research....

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An Oregon connection

A young sailor cousin Given the size of The Legal Genealogist's family, it's hardly surprising to find a state where some relative lives or has lived in the past. In fact, since my mother was one of 12 children, 10 of whom lived to adulthood, and her father was the...

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DNA Day sales for 2017

Save money, do good Next Tuesday, April 25th, is National DNA Day. It commemorates two amazing milestones in human genetic history: the discovery in 1953 of the DNA double helix by Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick; and the...

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Licensing liquor

The 1849 repealer The Legal Genealogist could have predicted it. Should have foreseen it. In yesterday's blog post, I wrote about the 1844 Oregon law that banned ardent spirits -- liquor -- completely from the territory, and mentioned, simply, that “It was repealed in...

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Going dry in Oregon

Prohibition, 19th century style So if you have ancestors who trekked over the Oregon Trail, you know what kind of people they must have been. If your folks walked that wagon road, you know they traveled a path stretching 2170 miles from Missouri to Oregon's Willamette...

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The gift of land

A double-edged sword It is one of the most remarkable pieces of legislation of its time. With the official title of “An Act to create the Office of Surveyor-General of the Public Lands in Oregon, and to provide for the Survey, and to make Donations to Settlers of the...

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Still not soup

Ethnicity reports are only estimates Here's a quiz for DNA Sunday: How many people are represented by the DNA results shown below? DNA Result #1: Great Britain 49% Scandinavia 31% Europe East 4% Italy/Greece 4% Europe West 4% Iberian Peninsula 3% European Jewish 2%...

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The joys of tax research

... or, how I learned to wish my ancestors paid their #$%@$# taxes If ever you wanted evidence of The Legal Genealogist's family's deep Scots-Irish roots, today's foray into the records would prove it. You see, there is one characteristic for which the Scots-Irish are...

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