Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Where’d that come from? Time and time again, it appears in the law books and, so, in the records genealogists use. The phrase a year and a day. Something had to be done within a year and a day, as … Continue reading

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Last chance to speak out You may have read, earlier this week, that the Arizona State Library’s genealogy collection is under major and imminent threat of being lost. The Legal Genealogist reported on Monday that: “Unless something changes — and … Continue reading

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SSN follow-ups Yesterday’s post about Social Security numbers brought in a flurry of information tidbits and additional questions… all of which are too good to leave in the comments section. So… The tidbits. First, from Ancestry‘s Chad R. Milliner, the … Continue reading

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A timely question about getting the SSN Reader Amy Jacobsen asks a great question that just happens to be very timely. “I am having trouble understanding my Grandmother’s Social Security number on her death certificate,” she writes. “I would like … Continue reading

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The consciousness of its Secretary of State, at least Another major genealogical collection is under major and imminent threat of being lost — this time in Arizona. Unless something changes — and fast — the Arizona State Library Genealogy Collection … Continue reading

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Not happy with the AncestryDNA deal? The announcement came in just about a week ago, that AncestryDNA had finally begun to do what The Legal Genealogist and many others have long expected it would do: monetize its huge and fast-growing … Continue reading

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A soul lost to a devastating illness When the telephone rings at five o’clock in the morning, you know the news is not going to be good. And that morning in June, 10 years ago, The Legal Genealogist‘s family had … Continue reading

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Your voice is needed! The Legal Genealogist has a second great grandfather whose first appearance in the public records that we can locate anywhere is in the marriage books of Colorado County, Republic of Texas. His second appearance is when … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So in class this week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), one of the documents the students are grappling with is a deed of sale and conveyance. … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So after class one day this week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, a student Anita Boyd had a question. She had come across a court case involving … Continue reading

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