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Do as I say!

Not as I did... You'd think by then The Legal Genealogist would have learned. I mean, seriously, by the time I was entering that information in my genealogy database program, I'd have thought my experience with one particular part of working with genealogical records...

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Ordering the SS-5: 2018 style

Ordering applications from the SSA The issue came up again yesterday, at a talk with the Main Line Genealogy Club in Berwyn, Pennsylvania: just how can we get our hands on the form that was filed by a family member to get a Social Security number? It's far from the...

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Why that adoption can’t be found

... at least not in that place After yesterday's blog post about guardianships in early 20th century Maryland, reader John Roose said one line in that post explained a point for his research. The line: “Remember: the notion of formal adoption under the law didn’t even...

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The rules of guardianship

20th century Maryland style Reader Katie Garner is facing a very typical issue for genealogical research: the issue of guardianship for the child of a person who has died. Her specific question is how to find out when a guardianship was required, and how long -- to...

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Read before use!

Stop. Evaluate. Consider. Almost every day, it seems, there are new toys -- er, new tools -- available to help us understand, analyze and use our DNA results. DNA Painter with its wonderful ability to help visualize segment data. Genetic Affairs with its automagical...

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