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Ancestry updates its terms, 2020

Changes in privacy rules and terms and conditions Yes, Ancestry.com has changed its terms of service and privacy statement. Yes, like most every other customer, The Legal Genealogist got the email about the changes. Yes, probably unlike most every other customer, The...

Not my fault!

I take no responsibility The Legal Genealogist is not to blame. I had nothing whatsoever to do with it. I take no responsibility at all of any kind for the horror that is known as the Russell Indexing System. I am deep in the weeds of tracing the history of the house...

A daily dose of history

From the U.S. National Archives It’s one of The Legal Genealogist’s favorite parts of the day. Checking out the daily dose of history online in one special place. On September 14th, it featured a report on the bombardment of Fort McHenry.1 On September...

RIP RBG

The loss of a legal champion From a Rutgers Law alum to a Rutgers Law prof, thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of the rule of law. To quote Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court...

Newspapers and their images

Another new tool, for finding news images If there’s a genealogist alive who doesn’t love newspapers, The Legal Genealogist hasn’t encountered such. And if there’s a newspaper-loving genealogist alive in the United States who doesn’t love...

Nope, not me…

But maybe you…? The Legal Genealogist is not a Mayflower descendant. In fact, as far as I can tell, I have no ancestors — none — not even a single one — even born north of the Mason-Dixon line, much less linked to New England. My German-born...

Cool new research tool

NARA launches explorer for Presidential Libraries One of the most underutilized elements of the National Archives system in the United States is its network of 14 Presidential libraries. From Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama, Presidential Libraries hold a wide variety...

In 2020, still not soup…

Estimates! They’re only estimates! Yes, The Legal Genealogist got the same update in the admixture estimates at Ancestry as everyone else this week. Yes, my estimates changed. No, I’m not going to lose my mind over the fact that I now have no Swedish,...

Apologies to the cousins…

And a pension file to be ordered The Legal Genealogist owes an apology to cousins Lydia and Jacob. For years, I’ve been saying that my mother’s family was so deeply embedded in the American south that I had to go out to a second cousin, five times removed,...