Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Federal rulemaking So yesterday The Legal Genealogist mentioned some of the major resources for federal legal research that genealogists might need to know. Little minor details, y’know, like the Constitution and the statutes.1 And, almost immediately, reader Dick Belz lamented … Continue reading

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What the law was and is: federal (Note: Updated from an earlier version of this post that originally ran in June 2012.) One thing The Legal Genealogist preaches (to the point where some people are tired of it for pete’s … Continue reading

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Of oldest and youngest sons (Note: This post originally ran in July 2012, but the issue arose again last week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, so it bears repeating…) Okay, The Legal Genealogist has a confession to make. … Continue reading

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Jealous no more! Did you sit there this past week, turning green at the posts from students in the DNA class at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh? Did you try to get into one of the DNA courses at … Continue reading

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Welcome to baby Beatrix! Pour me a drink, my head is spinning! I got to celebrate — a girl! Somebody weave a chain of daisies; You’ve got to decorate a pearl. Tie her a bow of scarlet ribbons. We’ve got … Continue reading

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Missouri’s manslaughter law So… did you watch Who Do You Think You Are? last night? The Legal Genealogist did. In a room with most of the 200 genealogists attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Where else is a place … Continue reading

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Worldwide Indexing Day a success! So the goal was to have 50,000 people indexing and arbitrating index entries over a 24-hour period. That would set a new record… not to mention getting one whale of a lot of new index … Continue reading

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Reminder: it’s pool day! Today is the day. There are only a few hours left. The Worldwide Indexing Event at FamilySearch is underway. You can read all about it here at The Legal Genealogist, but don’t just read about it … Continue reading

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Talk to me, please! Dear DNA cousins, You know who you are. You’re the ones who’ve recently tested with 23andMe. Your results have only just come in within the last little while. One of you is projected to be The … Continue reading

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What’s in a name, anyway? You can’t help but feel sorry for those in The Legal Genealogist‘s family who take up the reins a couple of generations from now. I’d hate to be there while they try to figure out … Continue reading

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