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On GivingTuesday…

… consider your genealogical society… The Legal Genealogist has no idea where the whole GivingTuesday thing began. Yes, even Wikipedia says it got its start in 2012 as “the brainchild of Henry Timms at the 92nd Street Y in New York” with a “co-founding...

Giving thanks, 2021 style

For all that we have Thanksgiving has always been The Legal Genealogist’s favorite holiday. Focusing on — in this order — family, food and football (go Rutgers! beat Maryland!), it’s one of the low-stress holidays even if an occasional feast...

Of patents and deeds

What’s the difference anyway? Pop quiz time. What’s the difference in American law between a patent for land and a deed for land? This was an issue up for discussion on Facebook yesterday when a poster had a copy of a land patent in favor of an ancestor in...

Fall 2021 DNA sales

Everybody has a deal The fall sale season is about to wrap up for the major DNA companies, giving us — and our cousins — a reason to go ahead and get that DNA test done. Soon. Today even. Yep, at least one sale ends today, so… In the order of when...

More one-stop law

Two new states this week!! There isn’t anything The Legal Genealogist loves more than one-stop-shopping resources for early state laws. And so there’s not much I’m more grateful for than a fellow genealogist who is collecting links to early state...

A snippet of thanks

Chasing those Germans again… with help Even in this busiest season of the year, there are those who give of themselves. And The Legal Genealogist is oh so very grateful that they do. And doesn’t want to let any grass grow underfoot before saying thanks,...

Treatying history

Ratified Indian Treaties online There are 374 of them in all, transferred to the National Archives from the Department of State almost a century ago. The first is dated 14 August 1722, signed at Fort George, New York. The last is dated 13 August 1868, signed at...

The birthday twins

Born on 12 November He was the older. Born, the records say, at 10 a.m. She was the younger. Born, the records say, at 6:30 p.m. No, not the same mama. Not even the same year. Carsten Hinrich Wilhelm Nuckel was born 12 November 1860 at Buntentorsteinweg 383, Bremen,...

Veterans Day 2021

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 — one hundred and three years ago today — the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, and throughout the...