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Too much to ask?

Sigh… apparently… Consistency. It’s a genealogist’s dream. All the records about one person would all have the same name. All the dates of one event would all be in the same year. All of the places for that one event would all be in the same...

Doubts about dower

Not everywhere at all times On the 10th of December 1874, a couple with whom The Legal Genealogist has more than just a passing acquaintance sold off 39 and 2/3 acres of land in Parker County, Texas. G.W. and Martha L. “Cotrell,” as their names appear in the document,...

Call for comments

A call to action for genealogists Like most requests from the federal government, it seems to be written in geek-speak: the language of bureaucracy. Telling ordinary citizens to “identify, with specificity, the regulation or … process at issue, providing the...

About that swiped photograph…

No, we can’t use it like that. Really. There was yet another of Those Conversations on Facebook yesterday. An individual had tried to upload a photograph to FamilySearch, and it had been bounced. The information in the lower right corner — enlarged and...

Legal Michigan

A one-stop shop for early Michigan statutes Michigan. The state whose territory — home to various Native American tribes — was first claimed by France as part of the New France colony, then by the British, then by the new United States.1 It was part of the...

Such a deal…

Half off new Family Tree Webinar subscriptions There is always, always, always something new to learn in genealogy. All of us — The Legal Genealogist included — have so much more to learn about history, geography, customs, migration and and and… all...

DNA Day 2021

And a new law on forensic DNA Today, April 25, is National DNA Day here in the United States. It’s a day to celebrate “the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953,”1 credited to Cambridge...

A fair alternative

NARA offers webinar series The U.S. National Archives has delighted genealogists for years by offering a free event in the fall called the Virtual Genealogy Fair. Since 2013, NARA has held the event — generally in October — with educational presentations...

If this was easy….

… it wouldn’t be fun, right? The Legal Genealogist’s mother was Hazel (Cottrell) Geissler (1926 Texas – 1999 Virginia). Hazel’s mother was Opal (Robertson) Cottrell (1898 Texas – 1995 Virginia). Opal’s mother was Eula (Baird...