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Eighty years ago today

The attack on Pearl Harbor There is no-one alive today in The Legal Genealogist's family who personally remembers that day, eighty years ago today. My grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles old enough to have a personal recollection of that day have all passed on: my...

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Sluby Scholarship for 2023

Application deadline announced It's no secret that the methodology for African American research has its own twists and turns on top of all the usual methodological complications of any genealogical research. That's part of the reason why the African American...

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An overdue “thank you”

... for the Shared cM tool ... For roughly the forty-'leventh time in just the past few weeks, The Legal Genealogist answered a question the same way just a couple of days ago. A Facebook poster couldn't understand why a paper-trail third cousin once removed showed up...

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Another theory shot down

Saying it ain't so, Joe... There's an absolutely lovely story out there on the internet about the parents of Joseph Moore, who died in Caldwell County, Kentucky, around 1820. Repeated in roughly a kazillion online family trees, the story is that he was the son of...

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Those OTHER patents

... for inventions and the like So... last week, The Legal Genealogist tackled the difference between patents and deeds. You know... the difference between a document evidencing a land transfer from the sovereign to a private owner (like the patent the U.S. government...

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A genealogist with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL , is a lecturer, educator and writer. [More]

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