That Johnson child

Even that “contemporaneous” record can be wrong… It’s one of the great joys of Kentucky research, those few short unexpected years of birth records in the 1850s. It’s also one of the great frustrations of Kentucky research. And an object lesson in...

Hats off to Internet Archive

The National Emergency Library A colleague asked the question on Facebook just yesterday: with all the libraries closing, how are we to find things to read? And a big answer came at the same time — just yesterday — from Internet Archive, as it announced...

Adding color to history

In a grey time The Legal Genealogist is a big fan of the new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™ — a tool that lets us quickly and easily colorize any black-and-white photo we might have. No, it’s not perfect — nothing is. No,...

The whatever birthday

94, 95, whatever She came into this world 94 years ago today. Or maybe it was 95 years ago today. There was, you see, a major dispute over that simple fact. There is no question but that she was the fifth-born child of Clay and Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, The Legal...

Expanding horizons

From isolation to broad vistas Feeling cramped? Confined? Isolated? There’s no need for that, y’know. The Legal Genealogist sure hasn’t been narrowing down. Instead, I’ve been expanding my horizons every single day, while still easily...

Seriously, Copyright Office?

A fee hike… now… The email came in just yesterday: “Special Announcement about Fee Changes,” it said. “Effective March 20, the Copyright Office is changing fees for copyright registration and other services.”1 Now… don’t get The Legal...

Being thankful

For all we do have Like the rest of the world, The Legal Genealogist has been caught up in the news the past days with a sinking heart. These surely are the “interesting times” of that old curse “May you live in interesting times.” And yet things could be so much...

Opportunity knocking

Time on our hands It’s a strange — even eerie — feeling to be waking up without deadlines. No handouts that urgently need to be finished and sent. No PowerPoints to fine tune. No airports to head towards for this week’s trip to or from a...

Because of what today is

The Legal Genealogist is staying home Those who follow this writer and this blog, and are Facebook friends, know the view from today’s office window. On any given Friday in the conference season that begins each spring, it’s almost always a photo of an...