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AOTUS to retire

David Ferriero announces NARA departure date It has been a wild ride in the archival world for David S. Ferriero. This current Archivist of the United States has served for 12 years through some of the most challenging moments of the National Archives and Records...

Snippet: A new PERSI portal

Allen County Public Library has a new PERSI search Past halfway in the German Gothic and Fraktur course at the virtual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogist this week, and The Legal Genealogist continues to fight to slay those handwritten dragons. Is that really a...

Snippet: Finding NC land

The not-exactly-lost have been found The Legal Genealogist’s brain is exploding here at mid-week. Is that a capital L in German script or a capital B? A lower-case E or lower-case N? Is that goofy-looking pen mark the “flag” of a capital K or is that...

Change at Find A Grave

Not perfect, but it’s a start Find A Grave yesterday announced a new system for the posting of memorials for the “recently deceased” (defined as anyone who has died within the past year) in an effort to give the families some greater opportunity than they have...

Snippet: marking your Germans

Adding umlauts and the like This is definitely going to be snippet week around The Legal Genealogist. I are a student!! With the last-last minute decision of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy to go virtual, I was able to snag a seat in Warren Bittner’s Gothic...

The 2022 DNA goals

One identification per company What a difference in just a few short years… It was just 24 years ago — barely one generation in genealogical time — that one of America’s foremost genealogists sadly noted that “DNA testing… is not...

Gerhard’s baptism

Record missing in action Johnny George, you and The Legal Genealogist may hafta have words. You, Johann Jürgen Nuckel, just might have some ‘splainin’ to do. Yes, I know that — among my 24 identified German fourth great grandparents —...

Loving the bad boys…

Newly digitized records of Alcatraz The Legal Genealogist is a total fangirl when it comes to the bad boys… and bad girls… of our family history. Because — sigh — the one thing they do that so many of our teachers and preachers and farmers...

Coming up: January-February

Upcoming presentations The Legal Genealogist has done a credible job, these past few weeks, of looking backward. But … sigh… I’ve been a bit remiss in the other direction. So it’s time, and past time, now, to look forward. To invite you along,...