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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...

The flight of time

Don’t delay in that research “Tempus fugit,” the Latin saying goes, whether we want it to or not. Time flies. And when it has flown its full course, all of us — The Legal Genealogist included — will suffer losses from which there may be no real...

The price of access

Logging in is on its way Like any good red-blooded American genealogist, The Legal Genealogist is a big fan of free. Free records! Free online services! Free! And nobody, but nobody, does free better than FamilySearch. The mega-database research website...

What our ancestors feared

The bounty laws of Tennessee What were our ancestors scared of? Or, put another way, what threatened them, their children, their livelihoods? It’s a story we don’t often tell in our genealogical research… but it’s one where the evidence can be...

To serve… or not

Tennessee’s militia laws Reader Kenna couldn’t understand it. The research target she was closing in on lived in Tennessee in the 1840s and, she was sure, should have been on a militia list she found. But his name wasn’t there. He’d been in the...

Veteran’s Day 2017

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, the survivors breathed a sigh of relief. It was over. The War to End...

Election day plans

Some research, perhaps! What are your plans for tomorrow? You know. Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. It’s election day in the United States. It’s not a federal election day — members of Congress are elected in even numbered years — but many...

A proper Halloween inquest

Cases of death Don’t blame The Legal Genealogist. The NYG&B started it. Really.1 So it’s all their fault. But what better topic to pick up on, here on Halloween 2017, than the topic of unusual ways to die…? Now I’ll admit I certainly...