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Updated look at GedMatch

Great DNA utility website Even now, five years after The Legal Genealogist was launched and began discussing using DNA for genealogical research, it still is occasionally surprising to find that not everyone is ready, willing and able to test with every DNA company on...

Written in the inside covers

Noting the inscriptions This week’s discussion here at The Legal Genealogist of law books and legal dictionaries morphed into noting what’s written inside the covers of books. And, of course, what that writing tells us about our families. And about...

Don’t buy that book!

Reprise: Best for genealogy It is two years to the day today since reader Pam Anderson had a great question after trying — and failing — to find a truly archaic legal term in her pocket copy of Black’s Law Dictionary. “On the Black’s Law Dictionary,”...

Recording all the details

Family history is more than begats Yesterday’s post about a resource on military legal history prompted friend and genealogical colleague Gordon Remington to offer his own reminder of another tome that genealogists will find useful. It’s one The Legal...

In the swamp

Those other land acts The puzzlement of The Legal Genealogist over the migration of an ancestor from Alabama to Arkansas between 1850 and 1860 led to some research being done by readers, and some suggestions being offered. And one in particular needs some more...

An Arkansas mystery

Whither Boston? If you take the northern route, to Chattanooga, then west through Nashville, it’s about 535 miles. More directly west, through Memphis, it’s more than 450 miles. Or south to Birmingham and then west through Memphis, still nearly 490 miles....

A challenge for Arkansas

Digitize that book It’s always such a pleasure for The Legal Genealogist to go poking around in digitized volumes of early statutes. There’s always something to learn, in the pages of those early laws. About the way people thought in a particular time and...

Women in the Land of Opportunity

A place to start It is a statute almost unimaginable in its time and place. Passed by a territorial legislature far from the urban centers of the nation where it might have been expected. And it is noteworthy in so many ways. The statute? One The Legal Genealogist...