Monthly Archives: April 2012

The laws of Texas — the Republic, that is! As the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of Texans, it’s always fun to have time to poke around in old Texas records. I had a chance this weekend to poke around … Continue reading

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WDYTYA, the Battle of Trenton and lineage societies Most of the time, when I watch Who Do You Think You Are, the power of the emotional hits the celebrities take at times during their discoveries comes as no surprise to … Continue reading

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How can it be 13 years already? Thirteen years ago this past week, we lost Hazel Irene (Cottrell) Geissler to multiple cancers. A smoker like many in her generation and like most of her family, she paid the terrible price … Continue reading

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Another occasional series: terms of use In Wednesday night’s webinar Facts, Photos & Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists sponsored by APG, there were whole bunches of questions left in the queue when time ran out… and the bulk of … Continue reading

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Last night, in the webinar on Facts, Photos & Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists, I reported on a change in the Ancestry.com terms of service. Previously, the language read: You are licensed to use the Content only for personal … Continue reading

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Thank yous… and a promise First, the thank yous. To all those who left their dinners, missed their evening shows, or stayed up past their bedtimes to join me for the APG Webinar Facts, Photos & Fair Use: Copyright Law … Continue reading

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Finally. Somebody gets it. Let me repeat that. Finally. Somebody gets it. Somebody — a group of somebodies who ought to darned well know what they’re talking about — really gets it: public access to the Social Security Death Index … Continue reading

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Tomorrow night: free APG webinar on copyright One last chance for the procrastinators to register: Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8:00 Central, 7:00 Mountain and 6:00 Pacific), I’ll be presenting a webinar sponsored by … Continue reading

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An ode to Virginia’s 20th century geeks If you have Virginia ancestors the way I have Virginia ancestors, it’s easy to fall under the spell of those wonderful men who compiled valuable legal and genealogical resources in the 18th and … Continue reading

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An atDNA puzzlement It’s DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist and I find myself convinced, as usual, that autosomal DNA testing — atDNA for short, the kind of testing called Family Finder by Family Tree DNA and Relative Finder … Continue reading

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