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Emphasizing consent

Consent is still consent There seems to be a wee bit of confusion about a line in an announcement by the Board for Certification of Genealogists about a key change in its DNA standards adopted at the Board’s October 2020 meeting. And, of course, since The Legal...

Speak out now!

… for NYC records access and use The deadline is coming up fast for public comments on a proposed rule by the New York City agency in charge of the Municipal Archives that — unless it’s changed a lot — will impact the rights of researchers,...

BCG modifies DNA privacy rules

Standard 57 & ethics code amended One of the big issues genealogists have faced in recent years is applying ethical considerations to using DNA in family history. It’s not that ethical issues are anything new: doing family history research has always posed...

To honor them

… in their footsteps There are so many of them. The youngest, The Legal Genealogist’s grandmother, Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, born in Texas in 1898.1 The oldest, a first cousin four times removed, Susannah C. (Young) Blalock, born in North Carolina, in...

Choosing number 36

Nominations sought for NGS Hall of Fame Thirty five times, the genealogical community has honored one of our best, one that we’ve lost. Thirty five times, the focus has been on someone who has made contributions to the field of genealogy that were of lasting...

Coming up soon…

Zoom along with TLG A long time faithful reader of The Legal Genealogist was Not Happy. This past weekend, I was off spending some fun time with the Minnesota Genealogical Society and the attendees of their 2020 North Star Genealogy Conference — all virtually of...

Um… a retreat by NYC?

Another great example of 2020 in operation It’s the perfect metaphor for this crazy year of 2020. A government agency says, in print, it intends to change its rules to state that there will be a “Publication or license fee for any use of a reproduction of a...

Please…

Just do it The Legal Genealogist doesn’t care what your affiliation is. Or even who you’re rooting for in the baseball playoffs — even though my team is playing. I just want us all to make it through this pandemic and come out the other side healthy...

Reprieve!

USCIS fee hike on hold A legal challenge to the enormous increases scheduled to go into effect this week in fees charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has led a federal judge in California to put the rule including the rules on hold. And boy...