Ancestry updates its terms

No major changes Ancestry has updated its terms and conditions to revise certain privacy provisions. Though as always The Legal Genealogist thinks everyone should read all terms and conditions carefully, and particularly where — as here — terms and...

Filling in the blanks

Measuring tree completeness One of the single most important factors in determining the likelihood that somebody we match as a DNA cousin matches us in a particular way is tree completeness. That’s the degree to which we — and our match — have...

On the vine

The joys of summer The Legal Genealogist is home for a time — at least temporarily — during this year’s institute season, and went out this morning for one of the joys of summer. The farmer’s market. There truly is nothing quite as wonderful as...

Just a theory

The dangers of uncritical acceptance There are some really cool tools to be used these days to help analyze our DNA results up against our genealogical tree research. But there’s a reason why they have names like Theory of Family Relativity (at MyHeritage) or...

One giant leap

Into belief It was just a few moments before 11 p.m. Eastern time, 50 years ago today. The Legal Genealogist — and anyone else alive at the time — remembers it as if it were yesterday. Gathered around television sets, radios, anything that would carry a...

Into the ring

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It’s mid-way through the GRIP week, and The Legal Genealogist is exhilarated… and tired. I’m a student this week, at least mostly, back in the classroom at the Genealogical...

David Fred Cottrell, 1928-2019

Yet another sad farewell They were 12 in number, born between the First World War and and the early years of the Second World War. The children of Clay Rex and Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, The Legal Genealogist’s maternal grandparents. Ruth Marie, the first-born....