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DNA winds of change

Big changes in the wind at FTDNA, GEDmatch There have been two major developments in the DNA world this week — a change in ownership at Family Tree DNA and a change in direction at GEDmatch. And exactly what either change will mean for the typical DNA...

Milestones, 2021

Looking back to 2020, forward to 2021 The very best part of falling headlong into family history research is the stories. Stories in The Legal Genealogist’s family take us back a long way in America on the maternal side and in Germany on the paternal side. Stories...

To enrich, expand and inspire

TIGR registration opens tomorrow The Legal Genealogist descends from a Texan who descends from a Texan who descends from a Texan who descends from a settler in the Republic of Texas. As far as the records go, that’s nearly 180 years of connection with the Lone...

Factually speaking…

Not copyrightable It’s the kind of information a genealogist may spend hours or days or even weeks ferreting out. Hunting through courthouses and archival back rooms for county records that don’t exist that far back in time. Trudging through court records...

America’s law blog

From America’s law library For many genealogists, their favorite law-related blog is The Legal Genealogist. And for that, I’m most appreciative. But The Legal Genealogist has one more for you to read. The one I read, all the time. It’s...

Rules of my road: 2021

Not legal advice! So many reader questions come in that are beyond what The Legal Genealogist can answer in this blog, because they’re asking for legal advice. Um… that’s not what this blog is all about. Not what this blog can do. It’s...

Welcome to 1925!

The copyright clock keeps ticking For many Americans, this is the first Saturday and second day of 2021. For The Legal Genealogist, it’s the second day of 1925. No, that’s not a typo. I really do mean 1925. The year that books like Theodore Dreiser’s An...

Happy New Year 2021

And an anniversary here at TLG Nine years ago today, on the first of January 2012, the very first post appeared here at The Legal Genealogist. It explained that: My purpose in writing The Legal Genealogist is, in part, to help folks understand the often arcane and...

The Official TLG 2020 Thank You List

To the hosts and more of 2020 It’s hard to know just how to feel as this crazy crazy year of 2020 draws finally to a close. On one hand, The Legal Genealogist can’t help but glance at the calendar with the usual reaction: It isn’t really already…? How can...