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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...

An hour for LVA

Speak out for records access May The Legal Genealogist have an hour of your time? Today. Tomorrow. This weekend. This coming week. At some point when it’s convenient, but within the next few days, take just an hour of your time. And speak out on behalf of one of...

LVA needs our help

Budget cuts imperil premier research library It is one of the finest and most important research facilities anywhere in the United States — home of the records of one of America’s earliest colonies and gateway for so many of our ancestors into this new...

Maine-iacal laws

Those very early Maine laws… So The Legal Genealogist is getting ready to head off to Maine this weekend for the Maine Genealogical Society’s 2016 Annual Fall Conference in Brewer and, as usual, decided to delve into that state’s early laws. And...

Staying alert, part 2

Staying on top of records access issues The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will say it again and again: As genealogists, we need to be in the forefront of records access issues. If we can’t see the documents that give us the evidence we need, of...