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Don’t poison that tree

About those small segments… For years, The Genetic Genealogist Blaine T. Bettinger has been warning about the dangers of relying on small shared DNA segments — those chunks of seemingly shared DNA that come in at 5-6-7cM or thereabouts — to draw...

North of the line

Recording the enslaved in the North The year was 1782, the place Windsor County, Vermont. And an eight-year-old boy named Anthony faced a fearful fate. Eight years old. Enslaved. And sold away from his parents. Yes, The Legal Genealogist hastens to note, slavery north...

Those interrogatories…

Standard Southern Claims Commission questions Any researcher who works with Southern Claims Commission files knows the occasional frustration of seeing a detailed report setting out the claimant’s answers to what are obviously very specific questions…...

Reconsidering that match

What’s our tree completeness? It happens all the time. We identify a batch of autosomal DNA matches all in the roughly 15-20 centimorgan (cM) range … and they all have the same couple in their tree. Oh boy!! Our most recent common ancestors (MRCA)!!!...

New portal for Freedmen’s Bureau records

Ancestry launches indexed record set There’s no way to overstate the value of the records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands — an agency that became known as the Freedmen’s Bureau. It’s a record set that extends far beyond its name to just about...

The lure of the sale

Maybe … just maybe … With all the summer DNA sales there have been out there, and the fall and winter sales to come, maybe … just maybe … it’s time to think twice. I know. I know. For The Legal Genealogist not to be begging cousins to...

Snippets 2021 v.8

Consorting with… One more institute to go this summer and The Legal Genealogist’s schedule will start getting back to normal. Whatever “normal” is these days. In the meantime, another snippet of genealogy…. This time a bit of definition, sparked by a...

NARA invites comments

FY2022-26 Strategic Plan open for comments So… The Legal Genealogist just finished sitting in on the one-hour virtual Town Hall of the U.S. National Archives as its staff sought to explain and seek input on its strategic plan for the fiscal years 2022 through...

Forensic ooops!

About those SLIG courses… An oops in the post about the SLIG courses. The Forensic Genealogy course being taught in the 2022 SLIG Academy in two sections is an all-new Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-on Forensic Genealogy, and not the Fundamentals course. Take note,...

SLIG 2022 registration now open

Genealogy’s winter camp for genealogists Somehow, the opening bell didn’t ring for The Legal Genealogist. Probably because I’m still up to my eyebrows in other institute classes this summer, but I managed to miss the opening of registration for the...