Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

The Beaver State (Note: In honor of, and to get ready for, The Legal Genealogist‘s trip to the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, this weekend, here’s a reprise of this 2012 post about Oregon’s constitution!) It was 1848 when it became … Continue reading

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Linking trees and DNA Big news on the genetic genealogy front today — an announcement from MyHeritage that it has partnered with 23andMe to provide a tie-in between the DNA information of 23andMe and the family trees and matching technology … Continue reading

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Access to Tennessee adoption records The question came up at the Tennessee Genealogical Society seminar this past Saturday, as it so often does. How can we as genealogists get access to adoption records? The particular question in this case was … Continue reading

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That and $2.29 = coffee It’s another one of those things that comes up all the time in genetic genealogy. Someone, somewhere, will tell you that you don’t really need to do YDNA testing — the kind of DNA test … Continue reading

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The rest of the marriage story Tomorrow marks the 98th anniversary of the day when a pair of 18-year-olds stood before a Texas judge and exchanged their wedding vows. And a year ago, The Legal Genealogist told the tale of … Continue reading

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It really is our common heritage So… The Legal Genealogist knows it sounds like a broken record sometimes. To understand the records, we have to understand the laws at the time and in the place where the records were created. … Continue reading

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Plaintiffs and defendants in error It’s right there, in the very name of the case. “Dred Scott,” the title of the document begins. “Plaintiff in error.” It’s the opinion of the United States Supreme Court in one of the most … Continue reading

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Through HeinOnline and the Law Library of Congress “Guilty as charged, yer Honor.” The Legal Genealogist most certainly is, without a doubt, a law geek. And I am totally geeking out over yesterday’s announcement by the Law Library of Congress … Continue reading

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Research, research, research It’s a tradition of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, its way to say thank you to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and its staff for all of the work it does and they … Continue reading

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Serendipity strikes again So the semi-annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® is underway in Salt Lake City and, as is the BCG custom, Board-certified genealogists donated their time yesterday to offer free … Continue reading

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