Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Bitter realities Six times. Six times in fifteen years. On the 28th of January 1892. On the 22nd of August 1893. On the 5th of March 1896. On the 26th of February 1898. On the 12th of December 1904. And, … Continue reading

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Underutilized resources It is a supreme irony that genealogists in general assume that they could never find anything useful for their family history in the records of one particular court. The Supreme Court of the United States. And it’s ironic … Continue reading

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Copyright guide from US Copyright Office It is 1,288 pages long. It has very few graphics or illustrations. Some of it is in fairly technical language. On the downloadable version, the internal links don’t work but rather take you back … Continue reading

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The maybe-the-clue-is-there document Reader Jane Mackesy was delighted to locate the 1877 naturalization petition of one William Atchison, a man she thinks could be her second great grandfather, and language in the petition gave her hope that she might be … Continue reading

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How did they do it? The Great Snowstorm of 2015 turned out to be a bust here in New Jersey — a fact for which The Legal Genealogist is exceedingly grateful. If we end up with 10-12″ of snow total, … Continue reading

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Historical weather info Okay, so The Legal Genealogist is a little distracted today. The forecast is for more than a foot of snow, maybe more than two feet of snow throughout the northeastern states, even here in Central New Jersey. … Continue reading

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Ask first So last week the question posed to The Legal Genealogist was whether the cousin who had paid for a DNA test should share the results with the cousin who took the DNA test. The no-brainer answer is yes.1 … Continue reading

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The anniversary questions The Legal Genealogist surely wasn’t surprised that they got divorced. My parents — who married 67 years ago today — were as different as chalk and cheese. He was formal German immigrant. She was folksy U.S. southern … Continue reading

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Library at risk in budget cuts One of Indiana’s great treasures, of immense value to genealogists, is on the political chopping block. Will you join The Legal Genealogist in speaking out against a proposal to kill the Genealogy Department at … Continue reading

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Two certificates, or more It never fails. Finish a blog post, get it posted, sit back, and somebody is sure to do it. Somebody will remind The Legal Genealogist of questions that woulda-coulda-shoulda been addressed the first time around. Yesterday … Continue reading

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