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Memorial Day 2021

Remember and honor You can’t help but think how much they had in common … and yet how very different they were. Their commonalities: both were born to pioneering families. Both chose to fight to protect what they believed in. Both were 23 years old when...

Building that mtDNA database

Sister, can you spare…? Can you spare some hard cold cash for the possibility of a major genealogical breakthrough? No guarantees, of course, and maybe we personally won’t live long enough to see it pay off. But the more folks who join The Legal...

In the backyard

The things we never do It began again with a friend’s question on Facebook. “I’m from St Louis”, she wrote, “and I’ve never been to the top of the arch. Have you?” And that started The Legal Genealogist back down Memory Lane again. Because every last one of us,...

Transcribing history

The Citizen Archivist program There can be no better time than the Memorial Day weekend to join the ranks of the transcription warriors. No better time than this to add the brainpower of the genealogical community to the Citizen Archivist program of the U.S. National...

Ran away from home

But not forever Yes, really, The Legal Genealogist knows there have been no blog posts this week. Nope. Nothing wrong. Quite the contrary: I ran away from home. Took the first driving trip involving an overnight in more than 15 months. Met up with two fully-vaccinated...

DNA at NGS 2021

So… you were busy this past week. You didn’t register in time. You couldn’t quite swing the cost then. Whatever the reason, you missed out on DNA at NGS — the 2021 LIVE! portion of the National Genealogical Society’s 2021 Family History...

Links in the family chains

Why chase land grant records The Legal Genealogist loves the readers of this blog. And Facebook friends. And the genealogical community in general. Yesterday, I asked folks to join with me in crowdsourcing the acquisition of North Carolina land grant records for the...

Buy some land!

Okay… buy and share some land records! What a week this has been! It’s the week of the 2021 Family History Conference of the National Genealogical Society — virtual, of course, and not the conference we all hoped for in Richmond this year. But NGS...

One last chance with USCIS

Comments due tomorrow, 19 May 2021 The Legal Genealogist has asked, twice, nicely. First, on Monday, 3 May, in “Call for comments,” this blog laid out the invitation the genealogical community has to comment on a request by a federal agency as to records that affect...

FTDNA showing its roots

New survey focuses on core DNA testing Just a few weeks ago, genealogists were a tad concerned by the first survey sent out by the new management team at Family Tree DNA. That survey — the first sent to customers after the company announced in January that it...