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It’s a crime

Maintenance as an offense There is — ulp!! — just one week to go before the 44th annual conference of the National Genealogical Society begins in Sacramento, California. Themed Our American Mosaic, this conference will draw speakers, exhibitors and...

Two’s not the charm…

About that “closest” match… It was one of The Legal Genealogist’s goals for 2022: to identify the nearest as-yet-unidentified autosomal DNA match at each of the major testing companies. Solving the first one, at MyHeritage DNA, was easy, thanks...

The tidbits of May

Love the local papers… One of the great joys of being a 21st century genealogist is sitting there, at 3 a.m., in your bunny slippers, and finding out little bits and pieces about your ancestors that you never would have known any other way. For The Legal...

NGS registration closing

Register online TODAY This is it. Today’s the day. Online registration for the 2022 National Genealogical Society Conference closes at 7:59 p.m. Eastern time today, Friday, 13 May 2022. Whether your plans now allow you to travel in person and join The Legal...

Mother’s Day 2022

And five generations… It’s Mother’s Day here in the United States. It’s DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist. So what else could I possibly do? Yep. Five generations of mitochondrial DNA, haplogroup H3g. Me. My mother Hazel (Cottrell)...

Stories cut short

Musings on a Mother’s Day weekend… There is such a difference between the two sides of The Legal Genealogist’s family. On my mother’s side, going up that maternal line, sure, I know the names of my mother, grandmother, great grandmother, second...

Ancestry releases 1950 index

The whole thing, AI-created It was already a game-changer when, on the first of April, the 1950 U.S. census images were released by the U.S. National Archives (NARA): using handwriting recognition software, NARA had produced a basic down-and-dirty index of that census...

Judging the records

Find the judge, find the court It was a fairly typical post that landed in The Legal Genealogist’s Facebook feed, a day or two or three ago. A genealogist had found a newspaper article about a rascal of an ancestor but wasn’t able to find the court record...