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Consumed by consumption

The scourge of TB It hit The Legal Genealogist‘s comments feed yesterday morning. And hit my heart like a ton of bricks. It’s technically called a pingback… a note sent by one blog to another that says, in effect, “Hey! We quoted you!”1 And the one...

A heartfelt thank-you

For a gift beyond measure At a Lutheran church on the far south side of Chicago at 11 o’clock this morning, she will be eulogized by those who knew her best. And by those who loved her best. And by those who — like The Legal Genealogist — owe her a...

A tragedy in Texas

Mary’s short life She came into this world on an early spring day in what was then a tiny little town in northern Texas. It was 111 years ago today that Mary Holley was born to Henry Dixon Holley and Nettie Hyburnia Cottrell, The Legal Genealogist‘s great...

Through the years

Easters past It was one of the times of the year when you knew it would likely happen. Along with Christmas and summer vacations and the first day of school, Easter was one of those times when you could pretty well count on somebody having a camera. Thank heavens....

Welcoming Nora

Another branch on our tree Every adoptive family knows the dates. The date the phone call comes in that maybe, perhaps, if everything goes well, there may be a child for you. Because that’s the date you begin to love that child. The date the call comes in that,...

Happy birthday, Jack!

To a special four-year-old One of the best things about having this blog here at The Legal Genealogist is being able to celebrate family. My own, as well as everyone else’s. To acknowledge those special days and special people that brighten our lives. And,...

Of all the things…

The sounds of their voices This past Wednesday — Valentine’s Day 2018 — marked the 100th anniversary of the marriage of two people. The Legal Genealogist‘s paternal grandparents, Hugo Ernst Geissler and Marie Margarethe Nuckel, were married at...

100 years ago today…

Valentine’s Day anniversary The Legal Genealogist usually doesn’t do family posts during the week but… It’s Valentine’s Day. And not just Valentine’s Day, but the 100th anniversary of an event without which The Legal Genealogist...

The grays of February

Comfort foods for those long winter days The first soft gentle snow of winter is always a wonder to behold. It marks the passing of the seasons, and here in the mid-Atlantic region often suggests that the holidays are approaching fast. By February, however, only those...