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Sanborn online at LOC

A gift from Sanborn and the Library of Congress The genealogical community got the first installment of what’s going to be a fabulous gift for research when the Library of Congress announced yesterday that nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps have gone...

A deadly term

What the nephew was to inherit On the 20th day of July in the year 1861, a New Zealander by the name of Charles Trick executed his last will and testament. In many ways, there’s really nothing unusual about the document. It’s got the usual language about...

No words

Just tears The Legal Genealogist has visited the City of Manchester, England, whose City Council’s coat of arms dates back to 1842. And so this morning — along with the rest of the world — I have no words. I have only tears… and anger…...

Indiana bound

Indiana resources So The Legal Genealogist is winging her way westward this morning, to Indianapolis and the two-day event at the Indiana Historical Society that gets underway tonight. It’s a fun evening that awaits folks tonight, when we look at Blackguards and...

Diversity and inclusion at NGS 2017

Tackling a tough topic As genealogists from around the country and even the world descend on Raleigh, North Carolina, today in anticipation of tomorrow’s opening session of the 2017 conference of the National Genealogical Society, The Legal Genealogist pauses...

Methodology at NGS 2017

Doing genealogy right, livestreamed and mainstreamed in Raleigh As The Legal Genealogist mentioned yesterday, this is the week when hundreds of genealogists from across the country and even the world will be descending on Raleigh, North Carolina, for the annual...

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...