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The beginning of the end

214 years ago today It was a baby step as steps go, but one by a Very Big Baby. One of the major players in the international trade finally called it quits as a matter of law. Exactly 214 years ago today, 25 March 1807, England said “enough” when it came to the slave...

Remember their names

Recording the data of the enslaved The Legal Genealogist is often asked the same question about researching the enslaved. “Where can I record the information I find about enslaved persons that I come across in my family research?” And — sigh — every time...

Nature and nurture

Not just a matter of DNA It is March — celebrated in the United States as Women’s History Month. It is Sunday — when The Legal Genealogist often looks at DNA-related matters. And it is Sunday, the 21st day of March — and that would have been the 95th...

Another one!?!

Another sibling for a grandmother It’s a sad sad sad day when a genealogist has a question — and there’s no one left to ask. And sometimes there’s never been anyone to ask. Case in point: this photograph. Now, The Legal Genealogist has no doubt...

The March of time

Mixed emotions on a natal anniversary It is a day on which The Legal Genealogist is profoundly grateful… and profoundly sad. Grateful for having successfully completed another trip around the sun. Grateful for the fact that I woke up warm, healthy, secure in my...

The law that never was

Published doesn’t mean adopted The Legal Genealogist recently got a request for research assistance that was absolutely perfectly right up the proverbial alley. A request for help in locating specific laws on a specific topic in several jurisdictions. It was...

In orange and green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day The Legal Genealogist has no idea what happened to it. And chances are, after a year of pandemic home cooking, it wouldn’t fit anyway. But it was — without question — my favorite piece of clothing for St. Patrick’s...

12.5 divided by…

When we make misteaks… The Legal Genealogist admits it. It’s a consistent failing. Even with a calculator at hand, I am mathematically challenged. I joke about owning a complete one-for-every-day set of t-shirts reading: “I was an English major, you do the...

Extrapolating from those numbers…

How far back might that ancestor be? Reader Geoff Gibson has a great question. He’s done all the DNA tests — the now-defunct National Genographic project, AncestryDNA, 23andMe — and his admixture percentages (his ancestral origin estimates) all...

A layer of blue

Over a core of grey They had worn Confederate grey — and many were still solidly loyal to the Confederacy in their hearts. But in what so many saw as a last chance to save themselves from the horrors of the Union prison camps, by the thousands they agreed to be...