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An Arkansas mystery

Whither Boston? If you take the northern route, to Chattanooga, then west through Nashville, it’s about 535 miles. More directly west, through Memphis, it’s more than 450 miles. Or south to Birmingham and then west through Memphis, still nearly 490 miles....

Researching Beyond Kin

“For every soul a story, a family a name.” Beyond our parents. Beyond our brothers and sisters. Beyond our grandparents, aunts and uncles. Beyond our cousins. Beyond even those who might be considered our kin. Beyond them all, our people had other people to whom they...

A genetic privacy gamechanger?

The threat of H.R. 1313 The genetic genealogy community has called it our best friend. It’s given us comfort when we’ve been challenged or attacked. It’s given us cover when we’ve been concerned — when our cousins have wondered if their...

That maternal line

In honor of International Women’s Day Raised by the women who are stronger than you know A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth By your mother and her mother, the weavers of your...

That Dred-ed decision

Not even on Page One It wasn’t even front page news, one hundred and sixty years ago yesterday. It was only on page 4 of the New York Herald.1 In the Richmond (Virginia) Daily Dispatch, page 2.2 Most newspapers didn’t carry the news until March 9th, when...

Remembering the Alamo

181 years ago yesterday You don’t have to have Texas roots — though The Legal Genealogist does, and deep ones — to be moved by the story. It began on February 24, 1836, with the battle cry: “Victory or death!”1 The outcome was pretty much a foregone...

Getting a GRIP – July 2017 courses

Registration opens Wednesday So you didn’t make it to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January. And you didn’t register for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) or the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh for...

DNA on Cyndi’s List

A resource worth supporting If you needed to know something about DNA testing, and you weren’t sure of the answer, where would you look? Oh, sure, you could enter your search terms into your favorite search engine, and with some luck and a fair amount of effort,...

Archival collections at MGC

Take a look at what’s available Fifty-four pages of folder names. Just folder names. Not even individual names inside the folders — just the folders themselves. Some of them will have contents that reference only one person. But many, perhaps even most,...

Drawing the lines

The changes in Florida county borders “Beginning at the northwest corner of township thirty-one south, of range thirty-five east.” That’s the way the law begins. … thence east on the line dividing the townships thirty and thirty-one south, to the point...