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And another thing…

NARA records gone digital The military and related records that have been the focus of much of the discussion this week on The Legal Genealogist are, for the most part, records that you’ll find at the National Archives of the United States, or NARA for short....

And following up…

The galvanized… The Legal Genealogist had a ball yesterday talking about a wide variety of records that exist today because of an unusual set of laws. In Lincoln’s Laws and the Records of War, a webinar for Legacy Family Tree Webinars that you can now see...

That dratted census fire

Not a total loss All that burns is not lost. Really. Even when it comes to that dratted fire in 1921 that cost us the bulk of the 1890 U.S. census schedules. So yesterday The Legal Genealogist used the 1908 fire in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to make the point that we...

Behind the numbers

The burning of Chelsea The story is hidden there, behind the numbers. The population of Chelsea, Massachusetts — a Boston suburb — rose steadily through nine straight censuses, from 642 residents in 1820 to 34,072 in 1900. And the rate of growth in some of...

The marshals’ returns

Great records from the War of 1812 Reader Pam McDonald sent in a great question to The Legal Genealogist: While researching a family line on ancestry.com, I came across an entry for one ancestor in the Marshals’ Returns of Enemy Aliens and POWs 1812-1815. I...

Hiring a navy

And-a privateering we shall go… It was 242 years ago today when the Continental Congress first took the critical action needed to try to balance out the enormous naval power of the British empire. It had to do it. After all, the colonies were at war. The other...

Chasing the SS-5

Issues with that Social Security form It’s one of the most useful documents there can be from a genealogical perspective –- and often one of the most frustrating to obtain. It’s the SS-5, the application for a Social Security number that many of our more...

Oh, yes, there are files

More on SCOTUS For the last two days, as The Legal Genealogist struggles to emerge from the fog of jetlag, we’ve been talking about the Supreme Court of the United States and its published opinions. Which, inevitably, led at least one reader — Doug Bell...

Not the only game in town

More on finding Supreme Court cases Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist tried to ease back into genealogy blogging after traveling in Australia. It was not the smoothest of transitions. Starting off with not initially giving the link to the collection of U.S. Supreme...