Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

So much to be thankful for It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, and The Legal Genealogist has so much to be thankful for. So very much, in fact, that it’s hard to know where to begin. I am … Continue reading

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Comments due by Monday 1 December Today, The Legal Genealogist is asking for our community’s help in speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves. This country’s veterans who lie in unmarked graves. They need our help, and they … Continue reading

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DNA holiday sale time! The Legal Genealogist readily admits it. I am a sucker for a DNA sale. Yeah, yeah, yeah, so it’s not Sunday and here I am writing about DNA again. So sue me. It’s a sale, for … Continue reading

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When the testate estate isn’t Genealogists worth their salt know that an estate can be testate or intestate. Testate, meaning an estate where the person who has died “has made a will; one who dies leaving a will.”1 Intestate, meaning … Continue reading

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Another Battles match The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will (I devoutly hope) say it again and again: I love cousins. I especially love cousins who are willing to donate just that little bit of themselves that allows … Continue reading

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Not 143 years ago today It ain’t necessarily so It ain’t necessarily so The t’ings dat yo’ li’ble To read in de Bible, It ain’t necessarily so. – Ira Gershwin, “It Ain’t Necessarily So” There is a Family Bible owned … Continue reading

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Historical laws in one place In anticipation of tomorrow’s Genealogy and the Law day — the annual seminar of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County in Mahwah — The Legal Genealogist has been poking around the old law books again. … Continue reading

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The good, the bad and the ugly So yesterday was the rollout of the changes in matching systems for folks who’ve had DNA tests at AncestryDNA. And, as usual, there’s good news and bad news in the changes. Enough to … Continue reading

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It’s a Sir Walter Scott kind of day for The Legal Genealogist: BREATHES there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said,   ’This is my own, my native land!’ Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d … Continue reading

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What exactly is a marriage bond? Time and again, whenever a marriage bond is referenced, the question comes up. What happens if the two people named in the marriage bond don’t get married? Isn’t there some kind of court action … Continue reading

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