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It’s just not as good

An alternative resource… but not as good Genealogists want the best resource. The one with the most information. The one with — oh, just as one example — an ancestor’s signature. The original record, however and whenever we can get our hands on...

Ordering the SS-5: 2020 style

New online ordering system There’s good news and bad news on the “please may I have a copy of that application for a Social Security number” front. The bad news is, all of us — The Legal Genealogist included — are going to have to get used to a whole...

2020’s hardest decision

Hunkering down for the holidays It’s not quite two weeks to Thanksgiving here in the United States (November 26 this year). And just six weeks — exactly — to Christmas Day. Times when The Legal Genealogist traditionally gets together in joy with as...

For a good cause

Ancestry and others matching NGS donations The merger of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) under the NGS umbrella has created unique opportunities… and unique challenges. Taking advantage of those...

Veteran’s Day 2020

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 — one hundred and two years ago today — the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, and throughout the...

The uncommonly good Commons

The Commons on Flickr An announcement that crossed The Legal Genealogist’s desk a short while ago brought to mind an uncommonly good resource for genealogists and historical researchers of all stripes. It’s called, simply, The Commons. And its goal, it...

Vote 2020!

Get out and vote! It’s election day 2020 in the United States. And here’s The Legal Genealogist’s #1 Election Day rule: It’s not over until ALL votes are counted. Seriously… if you didn’t vote, I’m not going to listen for one...

Tarheel thanks

NCGS Member Appreciation Day We sometimes forget, as genealogists, just what goodies we get when we join the genealogical societies in the areas where we live or where our ancestors came from. Things like — in one case in particular — a subscription to a...

The other Judy

The truth of a family story It’s a story The Legal Genealogist heard often. One my mother loved to tell. It’s about the day we moved into the house in New Jersey where I grew up. The lot our house was on faced one street. The lot to the right as you stood...

Emphasizing consent

Consent is still consent There seems to be a wee bit of confusion about a line in an announcement by the Board for Certification of Genealogists about a key change in its DNA standards adopted at the Board’s October 2020 meeting. And, of course, since The Legal...