Finding sisters

Tests and ethics Reader Andrea and her sister have discovered that their father left at least one other daughter by another relationship. They’d like to know for sure, and wonder what test they should take and what ethical considerations they might want to...

The child who never was

Another cousin lost and found It is more the norm than the exception for The Legal Genealogist. Whenever I turn my attention to my father’s German side of the family tree, the discoveries I make are those of loss. My father was himself the only surviving child...

Maybe in our genes???

A genetic link to a virus susceptibility? Oy. Just what we needed. If the facts about COVID-19 weren’t bad enough, we now discover some of the risk factors may be in our genes. Yes, indeedy, if you’ve taken a DNA test for genealogy, you too may be able to...

July 4, 2020

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the...

Going the course

With wonderful workshops You remember that conference we were all going to attend last month? Yeah, that conference. The National Genealogical Society conference. In Salt Lake City, where one of the draws on top of a national conference is the Family History Library....

Documenting our own

Looking closer at our families It’s something The Legal Genealogist is so so so guilty of doing. I look at people who are closest in my family, people like — say — my mother’s siblings. And I say to myself, “Oh, I know all about those...

Recognizing Juneteenth

Hint: it isn’t new It’s been cause for celebration since this day in 1865. This day, celebrated for 155 years. June 19th. Juneteenth. The day on which the very last persons held in bondage in the Confederacy learned of their freedom. It began that day, 155...

Review: The dark side

Not a history to be proud of Note: As we all struggle to come to terms with current events, it may prove helpful to look back at some of our history. Believing firmly that knowing how we got here may help us all see the way forward, The Legal Genealogist will reprise...

FGS goes virtual

Final Federation of Genealogical Societies conference online COVID19 has claimed another in-person victim — this time, the planned 2020 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, scheduled for 2-5 September 2020, in Kansas City. That’s the bad...