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NARA Fair today

NARA’s virtual fair It’s a Fair day at the National Archives, and The Legal Genealogist is late late late in letting you know about it. The festivities get underway at 10 a.m. E.D.T. with welcoming remarks from David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United...

2017: the company you keep

Genetic genealogy rocks! Genetic genealogy — using DNA testing to advance our family history — rocks. It absolutely rocks. It’s changing so much about what we know about our families, it’s bringing new people into the field, and…...

Those Iowa place names

Saying them right The Legal Genealogist is headed to Iowa later this week for the Iowa Genealogical Society‘s Annual Fall Conference. On Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, at the Toad Valley Golf Course in Pleasant Hill, we’re going to talk about...

Indulge that inner law geek

Research those federal court cases The Legal Genealogist is in high cotton right now with the announcement by the Law Library of Congress of its new Federal Courts Web Archive. Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m a law geek. What can I say? The announcement by In Custodia...

Moving forward at FamilySearch

Digitization: Those pesky icons & more The Legal Genealogist was as dismayed as anyone when FamilySearch announced back in June that microfilm ordering would be ended this fall… and there were some gaps in the new system for access to microfilmed records....

The business of California

Reading the ads In just about every county, in most cities and many small towns, there is one source a genealogist can count on at least for background information about the time and the place. It’s the newspapers. Published once a week or once a day, sometimes...

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...