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Not through with ThruLines

… even when they’re frustrating The Legal Genealogist owes readers an apology. Between the June week of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and a hard-to-diagnose technical issue with the website, the blog has been really quiet this...

The man holes

The missing fathers on Father’s Day Like every family history researcher, The Legal Genealogist has them. Those “man holes” in the family tree. The places in the branches where a father should be. And on this Father’s Day here in the United States, taking...

For Juneteenth, the letters

Powerful history Ancestry is often the company genealogists love to hate. Along with every other subscriber, The Legal Genealogist would note that — sigh — it’s expensive. It’s often unresponsive to concerns. It makes changes to things that...

A matter of friendship

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The Legal Genealogist assures you, dear reader: the relationship didn’t morph in all the years of Clarence Wells’ life. Joe Wells is clearly the...

DNA favor

I neeeeeed this one The Legal Genealogist has determined that Francis Marion Robertson appears in dozens of family trees on Ancestry. And I Do Need A favor on this one. List him with the right parents and grandparents, wouldja? His mama, Samantha (Battles) Robertson,...

Again, with 100 friends…

The Legal Genealogist remains 101 There are 101 on the list today. No, not a list of centenarians. The Legal Genealogist is aging, but not that fast. Nope, the list is The 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2022, from Family Tree Magazine, and it’s out now —...

Much obliged

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The pace of life continues to pick up as The Legal Genealogist heads into the summer institute season so… Snippets. When, as and if time allows. Though...

Coming up: June-July 2022

Upcoming presentations The Legal Genealogist has a busy schedule coming up. Including mostly institute courses, but others as well, so as always I want to invite you to come along, to the extent possible, on the trip… Here’s an overview of what’s coming up in June,...

Ancestry, this one’s on you

Show your corporate ethics, do the right thing The Legal Genealogist has run out of words. I could give you the list from the thesaurus: aghast, appalled, confounded, disgusted, dismayed, horror-struck, nauseated, repelled, repulsed, revolted, scandalized, shocked....

Memorial Day 2022

Once again remembering the fallen and those who remembered them It is Memorial Day here in the United States–the official holiday and the end of the three-day weekend during which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It was added to the...