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One giant leap

Into belief It was just a few moments before 11 p.m. Eastern time, 50 years ago today. The Legal Genealogist -- and anyone else alive at the time -- remembers it as if it were yesterday. Gathered around television sets, radios, anything that would carry a signal, we...

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Into the ring

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It's mid-way through the GRIP week, and The Legal Genealogist is exhilarated... and tired. I'm a student this week, at least mostly, back in the classroom at the Genealogical Research Institute of...

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David Fred Cottrell, 1928-2019

Yet another sad farewell They were 12 in number, born between the First World War and and the early years of the Second World War. The children of Clay Rex and Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, The Legal Genealogist's maternal grandparents. Ruth Marie, the first-born. Born...

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2019 alphabet soup: O is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. It's institute season. This week was the Midwest African-American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Next...

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Wayback it!

Archive those pages A friend and genealogical colleague was lamenting this week that information he curated and contributed to one of the genealogical wikis had disappeared in the course of later edits. The problem now appears to be curable and folks are trying to...

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