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And another thing…

NARA records gone digital The military and related records that have been the focus of much of the discussion this week on The Legal Genealogist are, for the most part, records that you’ll find at the National Archives of the United States, or NARA for short....

Chasing the SS-5

Issues with that Social Security form It’s one of the most useful documents there can be from a genealogical perspective –- and often one of the most frustrating to obtain. It’s the SS-5, the application for a Social Security number that many of our more...

NY’s black hole gets blacker

Five thousand voices unheard New York has always been the Black Hole of northeastern genealogy in the United States. Between records that were never created in the first place and records that have been lost over the years, research in New York can be a challenge and...

Starting tomorrow…

Sign in on FamilySearch Tomorrow. Wednesday, December 13, 2017. That’s the day when access to FamilySearch is going to change. Up until tomorrow, users who aren’t signed in have been able to see some records, some indexes and more. Tomorrow, Wednesday,...

Christmas in November?

Good news from FGS It really is like Christmas in November, as an announcement from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) gives the genealogical community something to be oh so thankful for here on this first day after the Thanksgiving holiday here in the...

Now! For NYC records — now!!

Speak out for NYC access Now. Now, now, now! Today, without fail. If you care about keeping access to critical vital records, today is the day to speak out, on the latest battleground where this fight is being fought: New York City. Tomorrow, the 24th of October, is...

Fighting for NYC records

Speak out for continued access The fight to keep access to critical vital records open to genealogical research is never-ending. The latest battle is being fought in New York City — and our help is needed. The Legal Genealogist passes on this information from...