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Two sides to every story

The debate over Internet Archive's Emergency Library There are always two sides to every story, and The Legal Genealogist is guilty of brushing past that simple fact in touting the Internet Archive's decision to make a National Emergency Library of in-copyright works...

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A lesson in numbers

...for the DNA folks Anyone who knows The Legal Genealogist knows that the term “utterly-math-averse” applies, in spades. But the lesson we all have to learn, no matter how hard it is to wrap our heads around it, is that we need to play the odds when we're looking at...

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That Johnson child

Even that “contemporaneous” record can be wrong... It's one of the great joys of Kentucky research, those few short unexpected years of birth records in the 1850s. It's also one of the great frustrations of Kentucky research. And an object lesson in why we never ever...

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Hats off to Internet Archive

The National Emergency Library A colleague asked the question on Facebook just yesterday: with all the libraries closing, how are we to find things to read? And a big answer came at the same time -- just yesterday -- from Internet Archive, as it announced the launch...

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Adding color to history

In a grey time The Legal Genealogist is a big fan of the new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™ -- a tool that lets us quickly and easily colorize any black-and-white photo we might have. No, it's not perfect -- nothing is. No, it's not...

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