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Weathering the storms

Historical reports for genealogy Every couple of years, The Legal Genealogist faces a day like today. Where the snow is lightly falling and the forecast is for… Well… Something. Maybe a dusting. And maybe a blizzard. Something they’re calling a bomb...

Why genealogy…

… this is why … So very often, people who haven’t been bitten by the family history bug will shake their heads in disbelief over the enthusiasm of the researcher. “Why?” they ask — even demand. “Why do you do this?” Here, on Holocaust...

Learning the law

via LOC webinars Every genealogist has a happy place. For some, it might be the reading room in the National Archives of the United States in Washington, D.C. Or the special collections room of a particular library. Or the back room of a local courthouse that holds...

Just the facts

… of whatever flavor… Reader David came across the reference in an 1877 court case he was trying to figure out. And it made no sense to him whatsoever. “The court,” he wrote, “appears to be drawing a distinction between facts and facts. And I don’t...

Snippet: write it down

Oh, the pain of that lie! There’s a “funny” meme going around on social media. You know the one. The one that says: “The biggest lie I tell myself is, I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.” For some people, that might actually be funny....

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...

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...

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...

Reprise: TNSTAAFL

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...

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 It was the law in colonial Massachusetts, enacted as least as early as November of 1692. Marriage, in that colony, was...