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Fall 2020 DNA sales

Everybody has a deal Once again, the DNA testing companies are giving us -- and our cousins -- a reason to go ahead and get that DNA test done. Yes, it's sale time again, with sales for the American Thanksgiving holiday offered by all the major DNA companies. And the...

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And where were they then?

Just keep trying... It was 176 years ago yesterday that William Baker and his wife Mary Jane, called Jennie, welcomed their second-born child and first-born son. Thomas A. Baker, born 20 November 1844, was The Legal Genealogist's first cousin three times removed. His...

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Seven score and 17 years ago

Words echoing down the years The date was November 19, 1863. The place, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. And the speaker, Abraham Lincoln. Words that have echoed down the years and echo still today... as powerful and necessary today as they were seven score and 17 years ago....

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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 it or the closest...

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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 new ordering...

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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 many members of...

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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...

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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 world,...

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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 says, is “to...

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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 minute to any complaints about the...

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