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What DNA can’t tell us

How families are made It's a common problem posed to anyone who works with DNA. A test result arrives and the results are a surprise. It turns out that the surname we treasure and are so proud of was very different back just a few generations. Or a man we knew as a...

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Linking father and son

That reasonably exhaustive research thing again... There's one question The Legal Genealogist asks with respect to any genealogical database. How do I know? And if there's one genealogical database where that question has to be asked most frequently, it's my own. You...

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Yes in Virginia, No in Massachusetts

Records access issues need our voices Records access is the single most important issue to the genealogical community. The Legal Genealogist submits that it's really pretty simple: no records, no genealogy. So whenever there's a chance to speak out on records access,...

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A touch of color

Reasonably accurate too If you've ever wondered what that old black-and-white or sepia photo might look like professionally colorized, wonder no more. With a new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™, you can quickly and easily colorize any...

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The birthdays

On this day... There is much to celebrate on this day... February 12th. It's the birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Back in the Dark Ages, when The Legal Genealogist was a kid, we got this day off from school in addition to...

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