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The temples of England

Educating the lawyers Reader Leighton Symonds was perplexed. “In reviewing documentation on a William Marbury (1524-1581), Anne Hutchinson's paternal grandfather, he was said to have been admitted to the ‘Middle Temple’ in 1551,” he wrote. “The definition of Middle...

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Reprise: the hands of time

No words needed This is, by far, The Legal Genealogist's favorite photograph, ever. My mother and her granddaughter Hannah. First published here in 2015 and worth repeating every chance I can get. Since it's DNA Sunday, the subtitle can be "my mitochondrial DNA..."...

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Diversity and inclusion at NGS 2017

Tackling a tough topic As genealogists from around the country and even the world descend on Raleigh, North Carolina, today in anticipation of tomorrow's opening session of the 2017 conference of the National Genealogical Society, The Legal Genealogist pauses for a...

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Methodology at NGS 2017

Doing genealogy right, livestreamed and mainstreamed in Raleigh As The Legal Genealogist mentioned yesterday, this is the week when hundreds of genealogists from across the country and even the world will be descending on Raleigh, North Carolina, for the annual...

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DNA at NGS 2017

DNA livestreamed and mainstreamed in Raleigh Hundreds of genealogists from across the country and even the world will be descending on Raleigh, North Carolina, this week for the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. This four-day, multi-track...

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Happy birthday to my hero

My nephew Tim He is The Legal Genealogist's hero. He is smart. He is funny. And he has the heart of a lion. He is my nephew Tim, and he is one of four family members recorded in my genealogy database with a birthday on May 5th. And have I mentioned that he's my hero?...

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Counting California

That one state census The first time the population of California was ever recorded in a United States census was 1850. At that time, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of that western territory-and-soon-to-be-state was 92,597 men, women and...

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The women of Sacramento County

Going it on their own They weren't at all rare. It happened all the time. The Legal Genealogist found that the court records and even the newspapers of the day are full of the reports: • On the 23rd of February 1880, the application of Eliza J. Limbaugh was approved...

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Be it resolved…

Read the resolutions The question is one of the “Frequently Asked Questions” on the National Park Service website for the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.: “What is inside the Washington Monument?” The answer, in part, is that: “The interior walls are lined...

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