Category Archives: General

And furthermore… So yesterday, in the course of reviewing the DNA evidence that disproves persistent family lore of Native American ancestry, The Legal Genealogist whined about the fact that so many cousins want to turn third great grandfather Elijah Gentry … Continue reading

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Running to Syracuse It was back in February, when the Federation of Genealogical Societies was holding its 2015 conference side-by-side with RootsTech, that Michael Hall made the decision. He wanted to do something more, something different, to support the “Preserve … Continue reading

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New Ancestry Academy course When Ancestry launched Ancestry Academy back in April, it did so with a lot of hoopla, a core of course offerings and a promise. The hoopla — a description of this new entry into the genealogical-education-at-home … 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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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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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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Bring back the interactive map, please! There are a few sites that, to a genealogist, are simply indispensable. If The Legal Genealogist absolutely had to, I could live without some of the sites that are in my genealogy toolbar, or … Continue reading

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Have you bookmarked JSTOR Daily yet? Back in October 2014, The Legal Genealogist discovered something all genealogists have to add to their reading list. It’s called JSTOR Daily, it’s irresistable — and it’s packed with great information.1 Including information written … Continue reading

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Protecting yourself from it It’s a sad day when even genealogists are affected by hackers. The Legal Genealogist opened her email accounts this morning and there at the top of the inbox was an email from a genealogist friend. “Incoming … Continue reading

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…aren’t always free Genealogists love the word free. Records that are free. Websites that are free. Anything that’s free. And sometimes we’re a little annoyed when some of the things we want aren’t free. But — alas — the bills … Continue reading

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