Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

No major changes, just some tweaks Ancestry’s family of companies is in the process of updating its terms of use, applicable to all of its non-DNA-related websites, including,, and Ancestry Academy. The update — a minor rewrite … Continue reading

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A sale and privacy changes AncestryDNA has two things going on that genealogists need to know about this fine Sunday morning. A sale. And some changes in the privacy terms and conditions that users have to go along with if … Continue reading

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and … Continue reading

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Different kinds of property claims So here’s a real surprise: The Legal Genealogist is on the road. Again.1 But this time it’s not simply as an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, but also as a student. I’m … Continue reading

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Welcome, Jimmy… and welcome freedom Today, in Flagstaff, Arizona, the sun is shining and the air is clean and clear. And the family of The Legal Genealogist is gathered here to watch a beloved niece, Katya, walk down the aisle … Continue reading

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When it’s a tenant by curtesy When Caroline Adams died in Illinois on the 7th of June 1884, she left behind a husband, Silas.1 She left behind two young sons, Henry S. and George C. Adams.2 And she left behind … Continue reading

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AAS terms of use The American Antiquarian Society. Sounds like something out of the far distant past, doesn’t it? But it is, instead, an historical library with a forward-thinking view of access to information that makes it — pure and … Continue reading

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Saying thank you in a tangible way The best things in life aren’t free. At least some of them aren’t. At least not to everyone. Case in point: Cyndi’s List. This amazing resource and research tool has been available to … Continue reading

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Today, right now In case you woke up on another planet this morning, it’s Father’s Day today. The day to celebrate all of the fathers in all of our families. Which means we’re down to a matter of hours to … Continue reading

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Not the way it’s supposed to be Child mortality. The words are devastating. As human beings, we rail against the reality that we will most likely bury our grandparents and our parents and ours aunts and uncles in our lifetimes. … Continue reading

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