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DNA developments

Doings in the DNA world No, it’s not Sunday, but site issues kept this from posting yesterday, so… it’s DNA on Monday instead! There are new developments in the DNA world this week — one that’s very promising, another one that’s fun...

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A birthday not recalled

Sixty years ago yesterday The Legal Genealogist remembers vividly the days on which each of the younger members of my very large family were born. Each of them, that is … except for one. The day my brother Paul joined the family? Even though I was not quite four...

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Veterans Day, 2016

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, the survivors breathed a sigh of relief. It was over. The War to End...

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Happy birthday, USMC!

Happy birthday — oorah! It is a birthday today that needs to be recognized and acknowledged. The birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Born in the crucible of the Revolutionary War, the Marine Corps came to be on November 10, 1775, when the Continental...

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Recording the vote

When — and whether — our ancestors could vote It was March 1867, and the Congress of the United States wanted to restore peace and good order to the states that had been in rebellion: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama,...

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The unexpected result: book review

Bill Griffeth’s painful journey When DNA’s answer to the “who do you think you are” question is “not who you thought you were,” the reactions are varied. Some people laugh. Some people cry. And journalists write a book. At least that’s what CNBC...

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That newfangled right

The right of suffrage When, like The Legal Genealogist, you reach Medicare age, the one thing that’s unalterably true is — you’ve seen a lot of elections. I don’t remember the Eisenhower elections at all — I was just in first grade when...

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Join up, use it or lose it

Standing together The news earlier this week of budget cuts that are forcing one of America’s foremost research repositories — the Library of Virginia — to curtail reading room hours1 has genealogists in a tizzy. The one question The Legal...

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