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Two not-so-dissimilar men Today, the 19th of January, marks the anniversaries of the births of two remarkable American men. On this day in 1807, in Stratford Hall, Virginia, a son was born to the aristocratic Lee family. The child was named Robert Edward Lee.1 And on...

Holidays and Christmases

Searching the genealogical records Where does a genealogist look for the holiday spirit — the Christmas spirit — in these last frantic days before we all rush off to try to make more family memories? How about … in genealogical records? Really. Okay,...

The mileage fee

For witnesses and jurors, a clue Every document — every single document — in every single court file in every single repository — might tell a story. Which is why The Legal Genealogist so often recommends getting court records, and milking them for...

But wait… there’s more…

The hidden gems on FamilySearch Time and again The Legal Genealogist hears it from those who share this researcher’s preference for finding ancestors at 3 a.m. while wearing bunny slippers: wouldn’t it be nice if all those records that FamilySearch has on...