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Would you please…?

The Legal Genealogist would greatly appreciate a minute of your time, and a vote in this blog’s favor.

Because I really don’t mind losing.

There are some great blogs that are also in the running.

I just don’t want to lose to a blog about … agriculture?!

Here’s the deal.

BasicIllustratorFileLetter—CSAs happened last year, this year as well, I got an email from the editor and publisher of the ABA Journal. That’s the prestigious magazine of the American Bar Association. “Congratulations are in order,” it said. “Your blawg has earned a spot in the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100, our 8th annual list of the best in blogs about lawyers and the law.”1

And, sure enough, there I am, in the Niche category, for the second year in a row.

That’s pretty cool!

Maybe not quite as cool as being linked to by In Custodia Legis,2 the blog of the Law Library of Congress, which is one of my favorite law blogs3 and which, by the way, is also nominated, in the Legal Research/Legal Writing category.

But it’s still pretty cool.

The problem? There is this one big hitch.

In addition to the “glory” of being put on the list, there’s a “beauty contest” voting aspect to this. Each category is going to have a winner. And at the moment, The Legal Genealogist is — embarrassingly — running well behind a blog about agriculture law.

I mean, seriously? Agriculture? I wouldn’t mind one bit getting outvoted by readers of blogs4 I really think genealogists ought to be reading too — blogs like In Custodia Legis (in the in the Legal Research/Legal Writing category) or Defrosting Cold Cases (in the Criminal Justice category) or Lowering the Bar (in the For Fun category).

But, in the Niche category, to be outvoted by agriculture???

So a favor, please.

Take a minute. Click on the image above or this link and go vote for The Legal Genealogist in the Niche category.

You do have to register (reason: apparently ballot-box stuffing in the past5) but it’s quick and painless and then you can vote, just once, for any 13 blogs you like.

(No, you can’t vote for me 13 times.6 So use your other votes for other great blogs like In Custodia Legis in the in the Legal Research/Legal Writing category or Defrosting Cold Cases in the Criminal Justice category or Lowering the Bar in the Just for Fun category.)

The Legal Genealogist is in the Niche category, and the voting ends this Friday.

It takes no more than one minute to vote.

Just one minute.


Trust me.

I’m a genealogist with a law degree. Would I lie to you?

Okay, okay. So would I lie to you about that?

Well… to avoid being outvoted by agriculture…


  1. I didn’t invent the term. Really. It’s defined as “a blog that focuses on legal issues and stories.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary ( : accessed 14 Dec 2014), “blawg.”
  2. See Clare Feikert-Ahalt, “Legal Curiosities: What I Am,” In Custodia Legis, posted 2 May 2012 ( : accessed 14 Dec 2014).
  3. I don’t think I can bring myself to call it a “blawg.” There’s just something… well… grating about the term.
  4. Have I mentioned yet that I still can’t quite wrap my head around the term “blawg”?
  5. No joke: “Q. Why do I have to register to vote in the Blawg 100? A. Because we experienced significant voting irregularities in the past, we opted to require voters to register beginning in 2009.” “Frequently Asked Questions About the Blawg 100 and Voting,” Blawg 100, ABA Journal ( : accessed 14 Dec 2014). Go ahead. It made me laugh too.
  6. Sigh….
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