It’s a fine mess

Or a post-fine mess… It’s truly a fine mess that reader Perry Streeter landed The Legal Genealogist in with a question that hit the blog this week. In an abstract at the National Archives of the United Kingdom, he came across a reference to a transaction...

Seventeen of the best

The blogs of America’s treasure Periodically, The Legal Genealogist disappears down a research rabbit hole. Almost every time, that includes looking at one or more of the treasures held and served up to us by what my friend and colleague Pamela Boyer Sayre calls...

Forty-eight hours or less…

Clock ticking to deadlines Do you remember the television public service announcements where the announcer sternly inquired: “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” Typically, they ran before the nightly news, and Wikipedia informs us that they were...

Revisiting the rules

The genealogy book and Ancestry’s terms of use Reader Stan C. is about to finish an impressive piece of work… and is plagued with a real concern. “I am in the final stages of research on a large genealogy book I am publishing,” he wrote. “Is it legal to...

The Thanksgiving gift

At least we think so now… There have been many memorable Thanksgivings in The Legal Genealogist‘s life. Thanksgivings spent in Virginia, gathered with my mother, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins by the dozens, all together at a rented hall —...

About those genealogy sales

The Friday after Thanksgiving… The Legal Genealogist will freely admit it. I hate shopping. Totally unAmerican, I know, but the whole idea of going out into that crush of humanity on the Friday after Thanksgiving strikes terror deep into my heart. So it’s...

Thanksgiving 2018

Giving thanks… Today, of all days, The Legal Genealogist is just so thankful. On this Thanksgiving Day 2018 here in the United States, this fourth Thursday in November,1 there’s just so much in my life to be thankful for. First and foremost, for family....

Over the river and through the…

It’s Bridge Day As millions of Americans get onto planes, trains and automobiles for what is one of the busiest travel days of the years, The Legal Genealogist would like to officially dub this Bridge Day. Why? It’s the anniversary of the official opening...

The rights of the living

Genealogical privacy issues Reader Nanci is thinking about starting a blog about her family history and, as she thought about it, she had a question: “My main question for you is about privacy and the use of names,” she wrote. “I’m not sure if I should just put my...

Thanksgiving DNA sales 2018

Test that DNA! Once again the DNA testing companies are giving us — and our cousins — no excuse for not getting that DNA test done. Yes, it’s sale time again, with sales for the American Thanksgiving holiday offered by all the major DNA companies....