Nothing to say

Nothing that can be said This space has been dark almost all week. The Legal Genealogist has nothing to say that can be said. There are more than 102,800 men, women and children dead in America from COVID-19 — almost a third of the 365,500 deaths in the world to...

Memorial Day 2020

Honoring those who gave their all Today is Memorial Day here in the United States — the official holiday on which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It’s time set aside for us all — The Legal Genealogist included — to...

The enigma of a cousin, part 2

All that isn’t known of a lifetime, part 2 (Continued from part 1, here, because of a technical issue with the original posting) We know from a lot of sources that Mattie married John Berens. Her father John’s obituary in 1951 listed “a daughter, Mrs....

The enigma of a cousin, part 1

Note: Because of an issue in the HTML rendering of this post on some (but not all) devices and browsers, this post is being reposted, in two parts… apologies to those who got the whole thing correctly — and here’s hoping for those who need it in two...

The enigma of a cousin

NOTE: On some browsers in some operating systems, this post doesn’t render properly. If you’re having a problem, please read the two part version, with part 1 here and part 2 here… and my apologies. I simply can’t find the error that’s...

Just peachy…

Historic Georgia laws Reader Gay Solomon has one of those questions for The Legal Genealogist: where do we find the laws? “An unmarried man died in Georgia in 1832,” she writes. “His estate (personal property–no real) was evenly divided amongst his siblings...

Giving it away

The law and ethics of donating family materials Two reader questions have just hit The Legal Genealogist’s emailbox presenting opposite sides of the issue when it comes to donating family materials and photos to libraries, archives or other repositories. Reader...

Free webinar: DNA ethics

All day Monday Note: this was supposed to post yesterday. Apologies for the late notice! Legacy Family Tree Webinars is continuing its one-free-webinar-a-day program through the month of May and tomorrow, Monday, May 18th (sigh: today, now, Monday, May 18th), the...

The butterfly effect

A death in 1793 It’s called the butterfly effect. It’s the notion that events are connected in a profound and unpredictable manner, and that small changes at the start can lead to vastly different outcomes. So, for example, as small an act as a butterfly...

NGS 2020 Live! Deadline

Registration closes May 15 Time is running to join the fun online with NGS 2020 Live!, the virtual conference of the National Genealogical Society for 2020. Registration for the livestreamed event closes Friday, May 15, and this is an event you don’t want to...