Oh, Freddie…

Chasing the Germans again “It is easier,” Mark Twain wrote, “for a cannibal to enter the Kingdom of Heaven through the eye of a rich man’s needle that it is for any other foreigner to read the terrible German script.”1 And oh, boy, does The Legal Genealogist...

2020 alphabet soup: D is for …

GEDmatch is not opting in the dead The Legal Genealogist doesn’t usually write about DNA except on Sundays, but a quick post is needed today despite the pressures of RootsTech prep. Here it is: GEDmatch is not opting the kits of deceased persons into that part...

2020 alphabet soup: C is for…

It’s not about being nice… You know what next week is, right? It’s RootsTech. One of the biggest genealogical block parties in the world. Thousands of people all converging on the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, and none of them — not one...

Dating history

When we get it wrong It is a stunning piece of American history. The first known written protest against slavery in what was to become the United States. Just about every website that reports on things that happened on this day, February 18th, in history will tell you...

A lesson in why…

Organizing our genealogy files is a good thing The Legal Genealogist’s files are a mess. I keep telling myself that I need to really go through and organize the records I have, record them properly and get them entered into the database. And I keep saying that...

What DNA can’t tell us

How families are made It’s a common problem posed to anyone who works with DNA. A test result arrives and the results are a surprise. It turns out that the surname we treasure and are so proud of was very different back just a few generations. Or a man we knew...

Linking father and son

That reasonably exhaustive research thing again… There’s one question The Legal Genealogist asks with respect to any genealogical database. How do I know? And if there’s one genealogical database where that question has to be asked most frequently,...

A touch of color

Reasonably accurate too If you’ve ever wondered what that old black-and-white or sepia photo might look like professionally colorized, wonder no more. With a new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™, you can quickly and easily colorize any...

The birthdays

On this day… There is much to celebrate on this day… February 12th. It’s the birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Back in the Dark Ages, when The Legal Genealogist was a kid, we got this day off from school in...