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From the Roots of a Tree: 2018

The genealogy of a national hero Today — January 15, 2018 — would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old enough to remember know only too well that he died 4 April...

IGHR 2018 registration tomorrow

You snooze, you lose Wake up! There isn’t a single moment to waste! It’s down-to-the-wire-nail-biting-mouse-hand-warming-up-get-ready time. Because tomorrow, Saturday, January 13th, is the Big Day if you’re hoping to get in on an unparalleled...

Bad news about RootsWeb

The prospect of months of delays Ugh. The news about RootsWeb is thoroughly depressing. When The Legal Genealogist wrote on Monday about using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine or the caching features of search engines like Google as a stop-gap measure,1 what I had...

Speaking institutionally

Mark your calendar for registration Sometime very soon, much of the genealogical community will be overtaken by jealousy. Jealousy of all those who are heading off to what The Legal Genealogist calls summer (or winter) camp for genealogists. Jealousy of those...

Rules of my road: 2018

Not legal advice! So many reader questions come in that are beyond what The Legal Genealogist can answer in this blog, because they’re asking for legal advice. Um… that’s not what this blog is all about. Not what this blog can do. It’s...

New light in the Show Me State

Missouri releases original birth certificates It’s called the Show Me State … and, yesterday, on the first workday of the year, Missouri did just that for hundreds, potentially even thousands, of adoptees: it showed them. Because yesterday, the first...

Looking ahead: 2018

Speaking out in 2018 The Legal Genealogist is quite certain that it will come as a great surprise to everyone out there. You would never ever have guessed that … well … I like to talk about genealogy. I know, I know. Such a shocking revelation.1...

Happy New Year 2018!

And an anniversary here at TLG Six years ago today, the very first post appeared here at The Legal Genealogist. It explained that, in part: My purpose in writing The Legal Genealogist is, in part, to help folks understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal...