The things you learn…

... a note to subscribers It appears that the service that The Legal Genealogist uses to send blog posts out electronically does something a bit odd when the word for electronic mail is used in the post and set off in parentheses. It converts it to the electronic mail...

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2020 alphabet soup: B is for…

Buildings One building in particular, that is. This one. The National Archives building in Seattle, Washington. Which the Public Buildings Reform Board has decided should be sold... because the real estate it sits on is a hot property. Not one whit of consideration...

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From the Roots of a Tree: 2020

The genealogy of a national hero This year -- on the 15th of January, 2020 -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 91 years old. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old enough to remember know only too well that he died 4 April...

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2020 alphabet soup: A is for…

Apologies... and an announcement It had to be close to 9 a.m., Salt Lake City time, when The Legal Genealogist convinced both eyes to open ... and focus ... and all fingers to play at least reasonably nicely with a computer keyboard. It's the Saturday after the...

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A death in Bremen

The unimaginable pain There is always something unimaginably sad about the death of a child. It isn't that The Legal Genealogist doesn't try to imagine it. It's that every time I try, my mind shies away from the pain that the parents and other family members of the...

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Note to self: get organized!

The Genealogy Guys point the way Those who know The Legal Genealogist in real life, rather than virtually, know better than to use the word “organized” anywhere in the vicinity. Just because I manage to meet the deadlines and not miss the plane does not make me...

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Mixed emotions

The informational legacy of modern times The Legal Genealogist has often joined with others in lamenting the dearth of personal writings and personal memorabilia that we in modern times are leaving as our legacy for the future. As genealogists, we have the great good...

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Dead-letter clues

Because the law said so Maybe you descend from J.B. Arnold or Miss S.S. Berry or Georgia Dennise or William Murphy or James Parker. Perhaps you're researching Seth Cockerilie or Emma Johnson or Josiah Price or Rose Anne Regan or Cole Watkins. They all had one thing in...

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Welcome to 1924!

The copyright clock keeps ticking For many Americans, this is the first Monday, first workday, sixth day of 2020. For The Legal Genealogist, it's the sixth day of 1924. No, that's not a typo. I really do mean 1924. The year that books were published, such as E.M....

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A new year… and new terms

Updates to terms of use It's a New Year, there's a new privacy law in effect in California, and three of the big DNA testing companies -- 23andMe, Ancestry and MyHeritage -- have updated their terms of use and/or privacy statements to bring themselves into compliance,...

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