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BIG win on USCIS fees

Final fee rule announced by USCIS Gentle people, we won. Pure and simple. The final rule adopting new fees for the genealogy program at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was published today and… We won. Starting April 1, 2024, the fees for...

Another Ancestry TOS update

Things that are, things that shouldn’t be, maybe things to come So just four months after the last update to its terms and conditions, Ancestry yesterday released yet another set of amendments to the rules of its road. For the most part, there’s nothing in...

That silly scilicet

Unimportant legal lingo As many times as The Legal Genealogist has said we need to read every single solitary word in our legal documents, there’s a simple truth that shouldn’t be forgotten. It’s not all important stuff. Some legal lingo is pure...

MyHeritage amends terms of service

AI and DNA terms added or changed It was MyHeritage’s turn in late December to amend its terms of service and, with two key exceptions, the changes are really minimal. The amendments, effective 21 December 2023, are truly minor for the most part: some clarifying...

Milestones, 2024

Looking back to 2023, forward to 2024 The very best part of falling headlong into family history research is the stories. Stories in The Legal Genealogist’s family take us back a long way in America on the maternal side and in Germany on the paternal side. Stories...

Coming up: January-February 2024

Upcoming presentations The Legal Genealogist is getting back into the swing of things here in 2024, and as always the year is getting off to a fast start. And, as before, I want to invite you to come along, to the extent possible, on the trip… Here’s an overview of...

Rules of my road: 2024

Not legal advice! So many reader questions come in that are beyond what The Legal Genealogist can answer in this blog, because they’re asking for legal advice. Um… that’s not what this blog is all about. Not what this blog can do. It’s...

Welcome to 1928!

The copyright clock keeps ticking This is the second day of January and, for many Americans, the first work day of 2024. For The Legal Genealogist, it’s the second day of 1928. No, that’s not a typo. I really do mean 1928. The year that books like D.H...

Happy New Year 2024!

Twelve years and counting… Twelve years ago today, on the first of January 2012, the very first post appeared here at The Legal Genealogist. It explained that: My purpose in writing The Legal Genealogist is, in part, to help folks understand the often arcane and...