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Recharging batteries

Yep… ran away from home Yes, the pages of The Legal Genealogist blog have been dark for days. No, The Legal Genealogist hasn’t been sleeping on the job. Sometimes ya just gotta recharge the batteries. And with due precautions, fully-vaccinated sisters, and...

Recombining relations

Why we test everyone we can It’s the phrase every single child, ever, hates to hear. The Legal Genealogist sure knows it, and heard it often enough. You know the one. “Why can’t you be more like (fill in the blank with the name of the particular...

Estating the obvious…

We all need a DNA estate plan If there is anything in this world that should be abundantly clear to us all, after 19 months of a global pandemic and nearly five million dead (including 700,000 Americans), it’s that we all need to think about making sure our...

His and hers

A matter of time It’s no secret that, during much of history, women — and particularly married women — have been disadvantaged by the law. The British common law system followed in most of the English colonies around the world and incorporated into...

Attention law geeks!

… and law-geek wannabes… If there’s anything The Legal Genealogist believes wholeheartedly, it’s that there’s no such thing as too much legal education, particularly legal education that genealogists can use. And an ongoing series of...

Anna, wo bist du?

A cousin to be found It’s just one single word on a birth record from Bremen, Germany. The word “zwilling.” It appears in the record of the birth of Gustav Nuckel, born 83 years ago today, on 25 September 1938.1 And it means “twin.”2 And it’s...

Digitization done

Access from home, welllllll… It’s a big milestone for FamilySearch. A milestone it describes in its announcement today as one “83 years in the making.”1 “Today,” the blog post continues, “FamilySearch International announced the completion of a massive...

All that foolin’ around…

All those cases about… Okay, The Legal Genealogist has come to the conclusion that people are simply obsessed. And they always have been. With… Um… Well… Is there a delicate way to say with sex? Sigh… I guess not. But judging from the...

Not soup in 2021 either

About those new percentages… Repeat after The Legal Genealogist: they’re just estimates. Say it again: they’re just estimates. One more time: they’re just estimates. Yes, I got my new estimated admixture estimates from Ancestry on Friday.. Yes,...