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Update at The Legal Genealogist Even people like The Legal Genealogist — who generally focuses on the past — occasionally need to look to the future. At least if they don’t want their readers and even their web hosting company … Continue reading

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Remembering the fallen and those who remembered them It is Memorial Day here in the United States; today is the official holiday, the end of the three-day weekend, during which we honor those who gave all for the cause of … Continue reading

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A five-minute survey Not for nothing has New York been called the “black hole” of northeast genealogy. With a complex legal and political history (it was Dutch before it was English,1 and its court system is about as complicated as … Continue reading

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Being there when you can’t be there Every year, every conference, it’s the same-old, same-old. “I can’t get time off from work.” “My kids are still in school.” “I can’t travel.” “I have family responsibilities.” The Legal Genealogist feels your … Continue reading

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Staying on top of records access issues The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will say it again and again: As genealogists, we need to be in the forefront of records access issues. If we can’t see the documents … Continue reading

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Milking every detail On the 6th day of December 1909, Carrie H. Viereck of Kent County, Delaware, was appointed guardian of the four Viereck children: Henry W., Jr., who was 15 years of age; Elizabeth V., who was 11; Mary … Continue reading

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USCIS proposes big fee increase In genealogy, as in everything else in our lives, There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. And, The Legal Genealogist regrets to report, sometimes lunch gets downright expensive. As all of us who … Continue reading

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New Hampshire statutes The Legal Genealogist has a mantra — something everyone who’s ever read this blog can probably recite from memory: If we want to understand the records, we have to understand the law, and not just in the … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day all! It is Mother’s Day here in the United States. Those of us who are mothers are (with some luck) getting feted by the children and grandchildren. Those of us whose mothers and grandmothers are still alive … Continue reading

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NGS offers lots on genealogy and law More than a thousand genealogists are in the process of descending on Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the 2016 National Genealogical Society conference, which gets underway officially on Wednesday with a keynote address by … Continue reading

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