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The legal power of genealogy

Revealed by a Washington document It's a wonderful article, despite its persistent misspelling of the word “genealogy.” Written by Karin Wulf and posted at Smithsonian.com just this morning, the article proclaims: “This Long-Ignored Document, Written by George...

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Copyright: an annual thing

Copyright-to-public domain Reader Jim H. was really hopeful. He has a reference source he would like to quote at length or republish large portions from and knows that it was published on or about March 1, 1924. And, he hoped, because materials published in the United...

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Speak out for NY adoptees

Call to action for NY original birth certificate bill Particularly today, Father's Day, as we all celebrate one-half of our parentage, The Legal Genealogist cannot begin to fully understand what it is like not to know the essential facts of one's own existence: the...

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2019 alphabet soup: N is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The Legal Genealogist has been off gallivanting in England, and isn't quite sure today what time zone it is, what day it is, or even what continent this is. But...

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In their footsteps

Standing where they stood The foundation was laid before the year 1000. The chancel dates from the 13th century. The main building itself dates from the 15th century. Once known as the Church of the High Seas, it still flies the Red Ensign, flag of the British...

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