A death in Bremen

The unimaginable pain There is always something unimaginably sad about the death of a child. It isn’t that The Legal Genealogist doesn’t try to imagine it. It’s that every time I try, my mind shies away from the pain that the parents and other family...

Note to self: get organized!

The Genealogy Guys point the way Those who know The Legal Genealogist in real life, rather than virtually, know better than to use the word “organized” anywhere in the vicinity. Just because I manage to meet the deadlines and not miss the plane does not make me...

Mixed emotions

The informational legacy of modern times The Legal Genealogist has often joined with others in lamenting the dearth of personal writings and personal memorabilia that we in modern times are leaving as our legacy for the future. As genealogists, we have the great good...

Dead-letter clues

Because the law said so Maybe you descend from J.B. Arnold or Miss S.S. Berry or Georgia Dennise or William Murphy or James Parker. Perhaps you’re researching Seth Cockerilie or Emma Johnson or Josiah Price or Rose Anne Regan or Cole Watkins. They all had one...

Welcome to 1924!

The copyright clock keeps ticking For many Americans, this is the first Monday, first workday, sixth day of 2020. For The Legal Genealogist, it’s the sixth day of 1924. No, that’s not a typo. I really do mean 1924. The year that books were published, such...

A new year… and new terms

Updates to terms of use It’s a New Year, there’s a new privacy law in effect in California, and three of the big DNA testing companies — 23andMe, Ancestry and MyHeritage — have updated their terms of use and/or privacy statements to bring...

Milestones, 2020

Looking back to 2019, forward to 2020 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...

Looking ahead: 2020

Speaking out in 2020 The Legal Genealogist continues to be quite certain that it will come as a great surprise to everyone out there. No-one before this moment would never ever have guessed that … well … I like to talk about genealogy. I know, I know. Such...

Rules of my road: 2020

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...