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Remembering the internees

The stain on American honor February 19, 1942. Seventy-five years ago yesterday. That’s when it began. It was 75 years ago yesterday that the United States embarked on an episode that can only be described as shameful. Rounding up and locking up more than...

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The floodgates open!

Let the transfers begin It’s taken a very long time, but the floodgates are now open for transfers into the autosomal DNA database at Family Tree DNA. And for those who have tested at other companies but want the benefits of having good analytical tools while...

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O Reverend, where art thou?

Wedding bells in Texas It was 121 years ago tomorrow when they stood before a minister, probably in Bexar County, Texas, and said their “I do”s. On February 19, 1896, Jasper Carlton Robertson was just a couple of months short of his 25th birthday — he would turn...

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Get a GRIP for June 2017

Registration opens Wednesday, February 22 So you didn’t make it to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January. And you didn’t register for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research for its summer classes. Are you starting to feel distinctly...

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What a nuisance!

The federal crime, that is… It is, today, a quiet residential neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Google street view image shows some modest single family homes. A small apartment building or two. Driveway basketball hoops. Sideyard grills. Picnic tables...

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Now… for Virginia, now

One more push for LVA Now. Today. Without fail. It’s time for the entire genealogical community to raise its voice and speak out on behalf of the Library of Virginia. The budget fight on behalf of this premier research repository has hit the front burners in the...

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Marriage, Kentucky style

How old did they have to be? Reader Marian Corya was stumped on an issue of Kentucky law. “How do I find the legal age for marriage for men and women in various time periods and places?” she asked The Legal Genealogist. “I want to know how old a person needed to be in...

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DNA doings in 2017

Rumbles from RootsTech Lots of DNA developments are coming down the pike and RootsTech 2017 attendees got an eyeful and earful about — and sometimes a sneak peek at — what’s to come. Let’s take it company by company and hit the highlights....

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Another RootsTech serendipity

Another Baker-who-isn’t RootsTech seems to be The Place for serendipity moments. Three years ago, when The Legal Genealogist was a RootsTech keynote speaker, the topic of the keynote was the potential to lose oral family history in just three generations. One of...

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Not JUST streaming!

RootsTech session recorded for later viewing It’s a grey overcast cold day in Salt Lake City — and nobody cares. Because inside the Salt Palace it’s hot as RootsTech 2017 is in full swing. Today, the exhibit hall opens, there are sessions from early...

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