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More on deadlines

In the law as well as in our work Deadlines deadlines deadlines. There are just so many deadlines. And The Legal Genealogist is struggling mightily against a whole series of them right now. There’s that PowerPoint that had to be finished and submitted to others...

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“Ancestor Hate Mail,” Clue Wagon Sometimes, all The Legal Genealogist wants to do is point a finger at someone else. Particularly when deadlines are looming on all sides and time is something that’s in unusually short supply. That’s when I really enjoy...

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Freedmen’s index: an amazing feat

An amazing set of records This morning, at 9 a.m. Eastern time, an event took place in Washington, D.C., focusing on one of the most amazing record sets ever to be created in the history of the United States. This morning, at 9 a.m. Eastern time, at the Smithsonian...

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So grateful to the Beehive State

Thank you, Utah It’s been 83 years since Utah gave the rest of the nation a gift that The Legal Genealogist so appreciates at this time of year. December is always a tough month, what with all the running around for the holidays and end-of-the-year work...

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Before you gift

Think DNA ethics ‘Tis the season to be jolly… and to give gifts to family members and friends. For those who, like The Legal Genealogist, are fans of genetic genealogy, that may mean thinking about buying and giving DNA test kits to kith and kin this...

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A generation of memories

Gone missing It is to The Legal Genealogist‘s everlasting shame that there is no answer to one question there should be an answer to. Where were my family members — my grandparents, my parents, my aunts and uncles — where were they on that day? In...

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An hour for LVA

Speak out for records access May The Legal Genealogist have an hour of your time? Today. Tomorrow. This weekend. This coming week. At some point when it’s convenient, but within the next few days, take just an hour of your time. And speak out on behalf of one of...

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It’s elementary… not

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It’s one of those words we come across every so often as genealogists that simply has us shaking our heads. Eleemosynary. It doesn’t even look right. Maybe the spelling is off… or...

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That 1923 date

Copyright duration in the US The question comes up all the time here at The Legal Genealogist. Something was published at some point in the past, and a reader wants to know if she can use it in her genealogical work — in a blog post or a journal article or a...

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Four years in a row!

In the ABAJ top 100 It all began around this time in 2013, when The Legal Genealogist got an email with a return address of americanbar.org — and almost deleted it. I figured it was a pitch for membership in the American Bar Association. And, since it’s been a...

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