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Bidding goodbye to the circus

End of an era There will be those, The Legal Genealogist is sure, who welcome with whole hearts the end of this particular era. Who greeted the news with relief and with joy. The circus will no longer come to town. This past week, the announcement came in a press...

Through the years

A grandmother’s — and a family’s — life They are the enduring treasures of any family. The photos of those who have gone before. And — even better — the words of those who have gone before, in their own hand. The Legal...

The milestones: 2017

Looking back to 2016, forward to 2017 Stories in The Legal Genealogist‘s family take us back a long way in America on the maternal side and in Germany on the paternal side. Stories that begin, in this country, in the late 1600s. Stories in Germany that we can...

2016 top posts: family

Top family posts of the year Here we are, in the last days of 2016, and The Legal Genealogist is taking just a moment to think back and reflect. It’s Saturday… the day I usually focus on my family here in the blog. And it’s Christmas Eve even …...

December’s child

On the German side She was never — not ever not even once — The Legal Genealogist’s Aunt Anna. Not Aunt Ann. And certainly not Aunt Annie. She was always — forever and ever amen — Tante Anna. Not my aunt, mind you. Not even my...

Saying goodbye

Bidding farewell It’s never ever easy to say goodbye to someone we’ve loved. The Legal Genealogist today is gathering with cousins to do just that… and through the stories and the laughter… there are still the tears. My Uncle Jerry was a really...

A generation of memories

Gone missing It is to The Legal Genealogist‘s everlasting shame that there is no answer to one question there should be an answer to. Where were my family members — my grandparents, my parents, my aunts and uncles — where were they on that day? In...

Calendaring kindness

The advent of genealogical payback Advent is not the kind of term you’ll ordinarily find in a legal dictionary. Or in a genealogical dictionary either. But it’s a word that’s going into The Legal Genealogist‘s vocabulary, starting tomorrow....

Another kind of thankfulness

Now as we say goodbye To one of our own We may be lonely But we’re not alone Though the leaves will fall And the tears will flow May it always comfort us to know The family tree will always grow — Christopher Lennon, John Vester, Mark Lennon,Michael...

February cuddles

The November babies Did you ever notice, in your genealogy software, how some months are — um — how shall The Legal Genealogist put this…? — er… more active, in family history terms? There’s certainly a tradition for June brides,...