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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,...

Year 19… never forget…

19 years later… There was a moment when it appeared that it wouldn’t happen. That, for the first time in all these years, the lights wouldn’t shine. In mid-August, it sure looked like the COVID-19 crisis would cancel the Tribute of Lights: the twin...

Patently fascinating

A patent war anniversary He was a journeyman machinist in poor health, whose wife was taking in sewing to help support the family. And he wanted to make things easier for her. So Elias Howe, Jr., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, came up with a design that was the first...

In this centennial year

… records of women at work We all know — or we should — that 2020 is the centennial year for women’s suffrage here in the United States. So what better to work on and highlight on Labor Day 2020 than some terrific options for researching our...

Eye of newt, and toe of frog

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,– For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”...

Oh, to be …

… en route to family history Warning: The Legal Genealogist is whining. On an ordinary day, I’m managing the discombobulation of this pandemic reasonably well. I’m Zooming along with family, friends and colleagues. My housemate, Clancy, has fangs and...

Not quite ready…

Ancestry’s StoryScout needs some work Of course, The Legal Genealogist couldn’t resist. Send me an email telling me about a new Bright Shiny Object, and I’m there. So when yesterday’s email came in from Ancestry inviting me to go play with its...

William’s whereabouts

Yet another family history mystery Today, August 29, is the 164th anniversary of the birth of Nancy Arminta (Robertson) Parish. She was, as far as The Legal Genealogist can tell, the fifth-born child and second daughter of Gustavus Boone and Isabella (Gentry)...

More on dower

Some nuances this time In The Legal Genealogist’s experience, it never fails. Answer one reader question with basic information, and the “well, what about…” questions come rolling in. You’d think I’d have learned by now to add in some of the...

Tarheel dower

Researching dower in North Carolina Reader Marcia is puzzled. “I have been doing family history in North Carolina and dealing with Dower and other goodies,” she writes. “When she got the land as a dower right did the widow own it outright?” Great question, because a...