Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sometimes they’re true I remember being told at one time or another as I was growing up and then as I was getting into genealogy that my great grandfather Martin Gilbert Cottrell had been a farmer, a cattle rancher, a … Continue reading

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Understanding the survey Thousands of autosomal DNA customers of Family Tree DNA got an email this past week from Bennett Greenspan, president of the Houston-based testing firm, asking them to participate in a survey designed to help clarify some of … Continue reading

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DNA kit sale If you’ve wanted to stick your toes into DNA testing waters, but missed the summer sale season, now’s your chance. Family Tree DNA is having a 72-hour sale, today through Sunday, September 30, at midnight, with some … Continue reading

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The fifth letter The Legal Genealogist is shocked — shocked! — to report that Black’s Law Dictionary does not define “E” as the fifth letter of the alphabet. Not that we all couldn’t have figured that out by ourselves, mind … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Reader Charlie Purvis carefully and painstakingly transcribed a four-page deed from 1880 involving three town lots and other land interests in Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and even after … Continue reading

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The walking wounded In genealogy blogs across the United States and elsewhere today, many writers will be taking up their pens to discuss one subject: access to records. And whenever that subject comes up, there’s a saying that lurks in … Continue reading

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Ormai la frittata è fatta. Auguroni!* If the Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, then sometime today, half a world away from our homes in the United States, The Legal Genealogist will be helping make some family history instead … Continue reading

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The raw data wall Dear AncestryDNA, Okay, so it’s not the 12th of June 1987. This isn’t the Brandenburg Gate. I’m not the President of the United States, and you’re not the Premier of the Soviet Union. But hey… c’mon, … Continue reading

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RIP Daddy Clay He was the youngest of nine, his parents split up when he was just 11, and his mother died when he was just 14. He spent time with older sisters in Oklahoma and an older brother in … Continue reading

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The race heats up The Legal Genealogist usually doesn’t do genealogy news announcements because there are so many other sites out there where you can get your genealogy news fix. But this one… well, let’s just say the online genealogy … Continue reading

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