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Finding the Hales

Not where they might be expected… Let’s see here… California. Alabama. Virginia. Nope. Those are not the same. Not the same number of letters. Not the same places. And yet it became clear last night that there is something that ties them all...

Mapping California

Part of America’s treasures in an American treasure They range from 1680 to 2012. They are 230 in number. They originated with the United States War Department. With the National Park Service. With the State Mining Bureau. And with a wide variety of private...

Beyond the city limits

Directories for the rest of us The Legal Genealogist had no sooner pushed the “publish” button on last week’s blog post about city directories than the laments began. “I wish my people had lived in cities,” one wailed. “Mine were all farmers,” another...

Another day, another statute…

… in Maryland’s colonial legislature You have to wonder, just a little, about Maryland in the 1730s. The Legal Genealogist certainly did, last night, while poking around in early statutes in anticipation of this weekend’s Fall Seminar of the Maryland...

Year 16… never forget…

16 years later… It was sixteen years ago today. A stunningly beautiful day, one of those early fall days in the northeast that fills your heart with joy as you inhale the crisp morning air under deep blue skies with brilliant sunshine. A day on which, you might...

Seeking direction

Using city directories The Legal Genealogist is off to California this morning, en route to tomorrow’s Fall seminar of the San Diego Genealogical Society. Yesterday was the last day to register online, but you can always check with the society about walk-in...

A key vital workaround

Yet another data source All of us who research family history — The Legal Genealogist included — tend to get a little … um … irreverent in describing certain events and record types that are near and dear to our hearts. As in the records of...

2017 alphabet soup: I is for…

Not exactly a legal term today… Today, The Legal Genealogist continues full steam ahead at the 2017 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Pittsburgh. This morning, it’s Courting Pennsylvania: the Courts of the Keystone State, and this...

DNA at FGS2017

One day to go for DNA It’s conference time again, and hundreds of genealogists are already on their way to or happily ensconced in Pittsburgh for the 2017 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. There are events today for librarians, and Society...

Law and ethics at FGS

The 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh This week, hundreds of genealogists are descending on Pittsburgh for the 2017 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. It gets underway Wednesday with Society Day plus an evening social event (what could be better than...