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An adage for DNA too

Think basics, not exotics The Legal Genealogist emphasized this basic concept for every-day genealogical research in a post last year. It’s one of the most basic tenets of medicine. When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras. Often ascribed to Dr. Theodore...

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Remembering when…

... this was really easy... The Legal Genealogist is really on a grump this week. Today's “my-family” post is going to reflect that. You have been warned. So here's my rant. Do you remember when buying lightbulbs was easy? I mean, really easy? You knew you wanted 25...

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The essential difference

... between dower and dowry ... The Legal Genealogist is putting the finishing touches on a presentation about a particular variation in genealogical records of our early female ancestors. And that reminded me that I keep meaning to explain the essential difference...

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Genealogically speaking... The Legal Genealogist can usually get through 18 months to two years before the issue heats up to boiling again. But it's boiling over in some online discussion groups so ... once more into the breach... You know what the issue is. It's one...

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Banning the marriage

Well, not exactly a ban... It was the law in colonial Virginia, enacted in February 1631/32. Marriage, in that colony, was almost always banned.[1. See Act VI, Laws of February 1631/2, in William Waller Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws...

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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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