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The rights of the living

Genealogical privacy issues Reader Nanci is thinking about starting a blog about her family history and, as she thought about it, she had a question: “My main question for you is about privacy and the use of names,” she wrote. “I’m not sure if I should just put my...

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Thanksgiving DNA sales 2018

Test that DNA! Once again the DNA testing companies are giving us -- and our cousins -- no excuse for not getting that DNA test done. Yes, it's sale time again, with sales for the American Thanksgiving holiday offered by all the major DNA companies. And the deals are...

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A favorite holiday

Family, food, football All of us -- The Legal Genealogist included -- have our favorites. That one holiday of the year that we enjoy just that little bit more than any of the others. For some, it's Christmas. They love the weather at that time of year, the decorating,...

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Scholarship deadlines looming

Don't miss out Attending a genealogical institute -- a week-long immersion in genealogy with likeminded folks who don't roll their eyes when the trials and tribulations of that elusive ancestor are discussed at length -- is one of the great joys of life. And -- sigh...

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Turning the page

When the answer “isn't there” The answer to the question wasn't there. Not in those minutes of the May 1793 term of the Court of Common Pleas in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Reader Pat Steinkerchner had carefully copied the entire set of minutes because of the...

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