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Wherefrom Pinellas

One county's history The Legal Genealogist begins the 2018 lecture season on Saturday, February 24, at the Pinellas Genealogy Society's 2018 Seminar in Largo, Florida. Oh, my. Florida. In February. For someone who lives in the mid-Atlantic states where we had five...

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Of all the things…

The sounds of their voices This past Wednesday -- Valentine's Day 2018 -- marked the 100th anniversary of the marriage of two people. The Legal Genealogist's paternal grandparents, Hugo Ernst Geissler and Marie Margarethe Nuckel, were married at St. Jakobi Church in...

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Preemption and land law

A fancy name for squatter's rights When an ancestor benefited from federal preemption laws, just what exactly was he getting -- and why? The Legal Genealogist is off deep into the federal land laws as the result of a reader question -- and there will be more to come...

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How many more?

Action, not words A little more than five years ago, The Legal Genealogist tried to find words for the news out of Newtown, Connecticut. “The news out of Connecticut yesterday couldn’t have been worse,” that post more than five years ago said. “It was stunning....

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100 years ago today…

Valentine's Day anniversary The Legal Genealogist usually doesn't do family posts during the week but... It's Valentine's Day. And not just Valentine's Day, but the 100th anniversary of an event without which The Legal Genealogist wouldn't be here. One hundred years...

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Tomorrow’s deadlines

DNA sales end, GRIP registration begins The Legal Genealogist wouldn't want you to miss out. Nope, nope, nope. Not on saving money on DNA tests (there are sales that end tomorrow). And not on the great classes at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh --...

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A matter of relation

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The story that reader Charles William Meiser found in the newspaper article was a wonderful one for a genealogist. Under the headline “Mary's little lamb” the...

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Love is in the DNA air

... with Valentine's Day sales About the only good thing to be said for February in the northern hemisphere is that it includes Valentine's Day. And the best thing about Valentine's Day anywhere is ... DNA sales. Seriously... The Legal Genealogist can't think of...

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The grays of February

Comfort foods for those long winter days The first soft gentle snow of winter is always a wonder to behold. It marks the passing of the seasons, and here in the mid-Atlantic region often suggests that the holidays are approaching fast. By February, however, only those...

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Thank you, LOC!

A new free-to-use page at the Library of Congress It isn't possible to overstate the value of the Library of Congress to the genealogical researcher. Time and time and time again, The Legal Genealogist has pointed out something that's available at the Library of...

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