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Who dat?

No Louisianans??? It is a very rare case when The Legal Genealogist speaks in a southern state and can’t reference direct ancestors. If I’m in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and...

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The final numbers

Great success in indexing The final numbers are in and it turns out that last weekend’s Worldwide Indexing Event was a success beyond anything anybody hoped for or expected. We already knew that the sheer numbers were high: the plan was to gather up 72,000...

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No right to sharing

Nothing wrong with wanting a return Reader Ruth is offended when people post things on the internet and don’t make it easy for others to use them: I’ve noticed that some people claim “ownership” of photos of documents– they either claim...

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Legal relativism

Those pesky in-laws The Legal Genealogist can just picture it. Reader Susan Zabolotny is sitting there with a will from 1807, reading every word carefully, when she encounters the reference. You know — the reference. The one that says exactly what the...

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By the numbers

Success, and then some It was, by the numbers, a great success. The 2016 Worldwide Indexing Event was hoping to round up 72,000 people willing to spend roughly an hour each to help index some of genealogy’s most valuable historical records over the 72-hour...

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Really, 23andMe? Really?

Email says changes are coming “in days” The Legal Genealogist was one of many long-time 23andMe customers who got the email this past week. The one with the subject: “Coming soon: A new 23andMe experience.” The one that says that new “23andMe experience will be ready...

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Calling all indexers!

The 2016 event! The number stood at 166,275 as on just about 9 a.m. today. That’s 166,275 people ready, willing and able to pitch in, starting tomorrow, to help with one of genealogy’s great crowdsourcing events: the indexing of records through...

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The exceptional deed

To every rule, there is an exception So… The Legal Genealogist has been talking about deeds this week. Deeds that transfer all of a person’s interest in land, like warranty deeds, grant deeds and quitclaim deeds.1 And deeds that aren’t deeds at all,...

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The deed of trust

A different kind of deed So yesterday The Legal Genealogist went through some basic kinds of land deeds to help a reader understand what to look for in the document to understand better what was going on in the underlying transaction. We talked about warranty deeds...

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A deed indeed

Telling the deeds apart Reader Francine Crowley is having some trouble figuring out what kind of deed a particular document is based on the language in the deed. “Where could I find more information that will help me determine what type of deed I am looking at based...

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