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DNA tests not to bother with

Not for genealogists Today is National DNA Day, a special day chosen by the National Human Genome Research Institute to honor two major developments in genetic research. First, it honors the discovery in 1953 of the DNA double helix by Cambridge University scientists...

For Oregonians only

A terrific resource for Oregon research Whenever The Legal Genealogist travels to speak to local genealogical societies, one of the preparatory steps is to find resources for the laws of that local area. It’s a sure bet that those local laws, starting as far...

Going dry in Oregon

Prohibition, 19th century style So if you have ancestors who trekked over the Oregon Trail, you know what kind of people they must have been. If your folks walked that wagon road, you know they traveled a path stretching 2170 miles from Missouri to Oregon’s...

Now! Free webinars!

Free all weekend Okay, The Legal Genealogist doesn’t want you to miss out. So in case you were sleeping or working on your tax returns1 or something else earlier this week when I wrote about the celebration at Family Tree Webinars in honor of its 500th webinar...

Playing hooky

Missing, but in action In case you hadn’t noticed, The Legal Genealogist is playing hooky. No blog post yesterday (yes, I will eventually write about the new AncestryDNA genetic communities, but after the hype dies down a little, and oh — by the way...

APG updates ethics code

Solid guidance for genealogical pros… and consumers The Association of Professional Genealogists has long had a code of ethics to guide genealogical professionals and consumers through some of the murky waters of ethical issues underlying this field of ours. And...

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...