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One special marker

For one special man The earliest burials there date back to California territory, though their interment there came later, after the remains were moved there in 1882. There’s a monument there commemorating the 62 sailors who died aboard the USS Bennington when...

Getting older

Not for sissies… The first year I actually remember starting to feel old was 1998. Not because that was the year I started to realize that I was going to have to learn to write “20–” on checks and documents instead of “19–”. Not even because that was...

RIP Ciara

Ending a chapter in my family history She came into my life on a Saturday afternoon in September 2007. The exact date: September 29, 2007. Early that spring, I had lost the second of my last pair of cats — sibling deaf white cats from a litter born in 1990 on my...

The pets who’ve owned us

Masters and staff The old saw is that dogs have masters and cats have staff. The Legal Genealogist has only ever had two dogs, in long-ago childhood days, so can’t really speak to the former. But I have been owned by cats essentially all of my life, and can...

Turning the calendar’s page

The losses in the calendar We call them, today as in the past, the dog days of August. And most of us today, The Legal Genealogist included, use that phrase to mean the days of summer that are so hot that even the dogs just lie there panting. That isn’t, of...

The house of childhood

Looking back, via Google Streetview They cut down the trees. Replaced the front and side hedges. Enclosed the backyard. Painted the house a color that isn’t white — and the house really should be white. But nothing that matters quite as much as the fact...

The time machines

Transporting us to the past They are not flowers. Not really. Queen Anne’s lace. Clover. Wild daisy. Chicory. Black-eyed Susan. Birdsfoot trefoil. Oh, they look like flowers, for sure. Wildflowers, most people would say. Even weeds, to some. But that’s not...

Those special Fourths

Born on the… It is the Fourth of July weekend here in the United States — with July 4 our Independence Day celebration and as many of us as can do so taking as much of the long weekend as possible to celebrate, get together with family and enjoy. And since...

Saying goodbye…

My nephew Tim The Legal Genealogist is back in the air this morning, this time sadly winging westward towards Chicago. There, tomorrow, in the Lutheran church where he was baptized and confirmed, we will celebrate the life of Timothy Evan Geissler (1973-2017) —...

Starting a conversation

Honoring the ancestors The Legal Genealogist is still digging out from under the accumulated email, snail mail and other impacts of being away for three weeks so the return to what passes for normal around here on this blog is getting off to a bit of a slow start. But...