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DNA testing for adoptees: 2017

Fish in all the ponds There isn’t a week that goes by that the question doesn’t come in to The Legal Genealogist. “I am adopted,” the question begins. Or, perhaps, “I don’t know who one of my parents is.” And, the question continues, “can DNA testing...

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The milestones: 2017

Looking back to 2016, forward to 2017 Stories in The Legal Genealogist‘s family take us back a long way in America on the maternal side and in Germany on the paternal side. Stories that begin, in this country, in the late 1600s. Stories in Germany that we can...

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Serving up process

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It’s a phrase The Legal Genealogist sees only too often in court records everywhere. “Continued, no service of process having been had.” It came up most recently in the records of my scoundrel...

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The lights go on

New Jersey unseals OBCs Yesterday was the first official work day of 2017. And the first day of a Brave New World for adoptees and their birth parents in the State of New Jersey. Because yesterday, the first official work day of 2017, was the first official day on...

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Rules of my road: 2017

Not legal advice! So many reader questions come in that are beyond what The Legal Genealogist can answer in this blog, because they’re asking for legal advice. Um… that’s not what this blog is all about. Not what this blog can do. It’s...

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Looking ahead: 2017

Speaking out in 2017 The Legal Genealogist is quite certain that it will come as a great surprise to everyone out there. You would never ever have guessed that … well … I like to talk about genealogy. I know, I know. Such a shocking revelation.1...

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DNA resolutions for 2017

Starting the New Year off right So here we are on the first Sunday — and first day! — of 2017, and it’s time again for The Legal Genealogist to stop for a minute and take stock on the DNA side of genealogy. It’s the perfect time to stop, and...

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The Official TLG 2016 Thank You List

To the hosts and more of 2016 How can it be…? It isn’t really already…? Can it really be the 31st of December? The very last day of 2016? New Year’s Eve 2016. Already. Looking back on a whirlwind year, it’s clear that I’ve had the chance...

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The returns of the 2016 season

What to do with the returns cash Okay. Let’s all admit it. Come on. Say it out loud and get it over with. Here… The Legal Genealogist will go first:      Not everything we got for Christmas was a hit. Yep, folks, that...

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