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By the numbers

Success, and then some It was, by the numbers, a great success. The 2016 Worldwide Indexing Event was hoping to round up 72,000 people willing to spend roughly an hour each to help index some of genealogy’s most valuable historical records over the 72-hour...

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Really, 23andMe? Really?

Email says changes are coming “in days” The Legal Genealogist was one of many long-time 23andMe customers who got the email this past week. The one with the subject: “Coming soon: A new 23andMe experience.” The one that says that new “23andMe experience will be ready...

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Calling all indexers!

The 2016 event! The number stood at 166,275 as on just about 9 a.m. today. That’s 166,275 people ready, willing and able to pitch in, starting tomorrow, to help with one of genealogy’s great crowdsourcing events: the indexing of records through...

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The exceptional deed

To every rule, there is an exception So… The Legal Genealogist has been talking about deeds this week. Deeds that transfer all of a person’s interest in land, like warranty deeds, grant deeds and quitclaim deeds.1 And deeds that aren’t deeds at all,...

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The deed of trust

A different kind of deed So yesterday The Legal Genealogist went through some basic kinds of land deeds to help a reader understand what to look for in the document to understand better what was going on in the underlying transaction. We talked about warranty deeds...

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A deed indeed

Telling the deeds apart Reader Francine Crowley is having some trouble figuring out what kind of deed a particular document is based on the language in the deed. “Where could I find more information that will help me determine what type of deed I am looking at based...

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Family Tree DNA changes: a work in progress

Not ready for prime time There are changes underway at Family Tree DNA to the way that matches are presented, particularly Family Finder autosomal matches. As long as you have certain close relatives who have tested — first cousins or closer — and as long...

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The handful

Musings for the birthday of a much-loved uncle It’s one of The Legal Genealogist‘s favorite family pictures. In part, because of what it tells us about the boy in the picture. And in part because of what it tells us about the woman who took the picture and...

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SLIG registration tomorrow

Get in early to guarantee choice Have you been suffering in silence this summer as genealogist after genealogist posted about their wonderful experiences at what The Legal Genealogist calls “summer camp for genealogists”? Wishing you’d been there at the last...

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His name is Martin

And I fear for his life This is not a genealogy blog post today. Not exactly. It’s certainly a family blog post. And it is one of a desperate fear. A fear on behalf of a little boy The Legal Genealogist loves as deeply as it is possible to love a little boy. A...

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