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Those first five words

How misleading they can be It's often the first five words that flash through a genealogist's mind. We hear about a repository that specializes in a particular type of records, and the first five words that we think of are: “That's not about my family.” And oh how...

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Discovering fiction

Another example of why not to accept automated systems So The Legal Genealogist opened the email program this morning and there it was. A personal discovery, just for me, according to the automated system notice from one of the big genealogical companies.[1. I'm not...

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Not one in a million

... but 96 in a thousand ... so far ... Doing genealogy right, and particularly integrating DNA into our genealogical research, requires education. The Legal Genealogist insists: this isn't optional. If we're to have a prayer of properly using this type of evidence,...

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Keystone statutes

A source for early Pennsylvania laws What does it tell us about the kinds of things our earliest ancestors in colonial Pennsylvania were concerned about when the first 10 laws enacted by the Province of Pennsylvania in 1682 were: • Concerning liberty of conscience •...

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Year 18… never forget…

18 years later... Robert Grant Norton was born in Lubec, Maine. A Navy veteran of World War 2, he and his second wife were on their way to California for her son's wedding. He never made it. The 85-year-old's life was cut short, eighteen years ago today. He and his...

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