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USCIS proposes BIG fee hike

Genealogy fees to be drastically upped Here we go again. Sigh… Records access is once again on the financial chopping block. Just two years after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shelved a plan to dramatically increase fees for a wide...

Coming up: January-February 2023

Upcoming presentations The Legal Genealogist is getting back into the swing of things here in 2023, and as always the year is getting off to a fast start. And, as before, I want to invite you to come along, to the extent possible, on the trip… Here’s an overview of...

Rules of my road: 2023

Not legal advice! So many reader questions come in that are beyond what The Legal Genealogist can answer in this blog, because they’re asking for legal advice. Um… that’s not what this blog is all about. Not what this blog can do. It’s...

Welcome to 1927!

The copyright clock keeps ticking This is the second day of January and, for many Americans, the first Monday and work day of 2023. For The Legal Genealogist, it’s the second day of 1927. No, that’s not a typo. I really do mean 1927. The year that books...

Happy New Year 2023!

Eleven years and counting… Eleven years ago today, on the first of January 2012, the very first post appeared here at The Legal Genealogist. It explained that: My purpose in writing The Legal Genealogist is, in part, to help folks understand the often arcane and...

The Official TLG 2022 Thank You List

To the hosts and more of 2022 It’s hard to know just how to feel as this crazy crazy year of 2022 draws finally to a close. On one hand, The Legal Genealogist can’t help but glance at the calendar with the usual reaction: It isn’t really already…? How can...

2022 top posts: all time

Atop the all-time leaderboard The Legal Genealogist is wrapping up an 11th year of blogging here as December winds to a close, and in that time has written more than 3,050 posts that have been viewed, in the aggregate, by millions of visitors who’ve left more...

2022 top posts

The Legal Genealogist’s top posts for 2022 If anyone had posed the question even an hour ago — what were the top 10 posts at The Legal Genealogist in 2022? — the answer would have been exactly what it was this time last year and the year before...

The returns of the 2022 season

What to do with the returns cash Okay. Let’s all admit it. Come on. Say it out loud and get it over with. Here… The Legal Genealogist will go first: Not everything we got for a holiday gift was a hit. Yep, folks, that soap-on-a-rope just isn’t quite...