Records, not revenue

Opposing the fee hike Nobody with a functioning brain expects genealogy to be free. Yeah, yeah, The Legal Genealogist knows there are those who think it should be free — that having to buy copies of birth, marriage and death certificates and court documents and...

2019 alphabet soup: Q is for…

Not on the planet Arrakis but… The Legal Genealogist is scrambling to try to catch a bunch of different balls now in the air without letting too many of them hit the ground and bounce. So you know what that means, right? Yup. More 2019 legal alphabet soup. We’re...

More on that warrant…

Some questions answered So last week The Legal Genealogist wrote about the search warrant issued by a local judge in the State of Florida for access to the GEDmatch database in a criminal case. And, at that time, basically all that was known was that a warrant had...

History too

The Legal Genealogist is thoroughly embarrassed. Yesterday’s blog lamenting our newly-acquired headaches in finding federal court records due to the relocation of some records to a different National Archives repository missed part of the issue. Yes, as the blog...

Going, going…

… Gone to Kansas City Researching federal court records has always been a bit of a problem. First, of course, a researcher like The Legal Genealogist needed to know what record group the National Archives of the United States had assigned the specific type of...

Veteran’s Day 2019

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

About that warrant…

Why its implications are unclear The genetic genealogy community has been in a tizzy since the disclosure by the New York Times on Tuesday that a Florida judge had issued a search warrant for the GEDmatch DNA database. That warrant — disclosed by a police...

To the forgotten veteran

The one who never gets the credit So many of The Legal Genealogist’s family members are being honored this weekend in the United States and, particularly, on Monday. Monday. November 11. Veterans Day. First proclaimed in November 1919 by President Wilson,1...