Category Archives: Methodology

The maybe-the-clue-is-there document Reader Jane Mackesy was delighted to locate the 1877 naturalization petition of one William Atchison, a man she thinks could be her second great grandfather, and language in the petition gave her hope that she might be … Continue reading

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Two certificates, or more It never fails. Finish a blog post, get it posted, sit back, and somebody is sure to do it. Somebody will remind The Legal Genealogist of questions that woulda-coulda-shoulda been addressed the first time around. Yesterday … 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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At the Library of Virginia There is so much that The Legal Genealogist could say about this wonderful weekend in Virginia. I could start with a great big “Thank You!” to the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) for serving … Continue reading

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Sometimes we just have to The Legal Genealogist‘s light reading just before setting off for this trip to Oregon for the Genealogical Forum of Oregon’s fall seminar was the current issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ). It’s one … Continue reading

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Research, research, research It’s a tradition of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, its way to say thank you to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and its staff for all of the work it does and they … Continue reading

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Notice is hereby given … Janet Iles hit the ball out of the genealogy research park when she asked, in a blog post yesterday, “Do you check newspaper advertisements when doing your family research?” The retired Canadian library technician who … Continue reading

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Following the clues in the land records The land, the federal land records show, was originally earned by the soldiers. George Gordon, Private, Captain Hotchkiss’ Company, Massachusetts Militia, War of 1812. He was the warrant holder on 160 acres of … Continue reading

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Questions to ask So The Legal Genealogist was out in St. Louis yesterday for the Midwestern African-American Genealogy Institute. It was the second annual institute, and my time first there… and it was a joy. What a great group of … Continue reading

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How different can the law be? So… within minutes of each other two comments arrived in The Legal Genealogist‘s email box yesterday that underscore a critical point when using the law in genealogy. Both focused on yesterday’s post about Virginia’s … Continue reading

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