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Happy birthday, Homestead Act!

Signed into law 157 years ago today He was a Union soldier home on furlough, so the story goes. And he was determined not to lose his chance under a new law due to take effect on the first of January 1863. Due to report back to his unit in St. Louis, he prevailed on...

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GEDmatch reverses course

Law enforcement matching now opt-in only Informed consent is the essential underpinning of ethical DNA testing and results-sharing. All persons who test have the right to make their own individual choices about testing and about the uses to which their DNA results...

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Finding Margaret’s mother, part 2

The possible grandmother So The Legal Genealogist is off to put paid to one particular genealogical question this year: who was the mother of Margaret (Battles) Shew? Margaret is my 3rd great grandmother. My line comes down from Margaret's daughter Martha Louise, to...

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Rest in peace, dear friend

Oh, to be in Delaware... There are times, like today, when The Legal Genealogist looks forward to a destination just like a little kid getting ready for a trip to Disney World. I've never been to the Wisconsin Historical Society, and today I will fix that with a tour...

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Withdrawing a recommendation

GEDmatch can no longer be trusted The Legal Genealogist's love for the third-party DNA tools site GEDmatch has always been clear. Just in the last year, I've written about its cool tool to create superkits[1. Judy G. Russell, “Superkit Sunday,” The Legal Genealogist,...

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