FGS early bird prices ending

Register now!! If you want your best deal for the 2020 virtual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), you need to act now. It's a you-snooze-you-lose deal, since early bird pricing for this last-ever conference of this soon-to-be-merged...

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Sobering statistics

The numbers continue to rise It will be no surprise to long-time readers of The Legal Genealogist that there have been far fewer posts to this blog in recent weeks. Numbers like this are the reason why: This graph, from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus...

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In the nick of time

The anniversary story Tomorrow, August 9th, marks the 187th anniversary of the marriage of Gerhard Nuckel and Beta Lahrs in Bremen, Germany. Gerhard (recorded as Gerd) was shown as age 33 and a laborer at the time of the marriage on 9 August 1833; Beta was shown as...

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Business as usual

Investment firm buys controlling interest in Ancestry Lots of reader questions coming in to The Legal Genealogist in the last few days all focus on one issue: “What do you think of the sale of Ancestry?” The questions come from the announcement this week that...

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SLIG 2021 registration opens Saturday

Get ready for genealogy's first virtual winter camp This Saturday, August 8, may provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance for some genealogists. Those who have wistfully eyed the offerings of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) every January and mournfully looked...

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USCIS fees: ouch ouch ouch

Hikes announced on genealogy fees Ouch ouch ouch. The fee hikes proposed way last year on genealogically valuable records held by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) have been finalized and announced and... Ouch ouch ouch. Even though The Legal...

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DNA round-up

A delay and a sale It's been a busy few days in the DNA world, with an announced delay of a delay in one change at Chilling with AncestryDNA and the launch of a summer sale at Family Tree DNA. The Family Tree DNA sale Meanwhile, over at Family Tree DNA, the summer...

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Lessons learned…

About that transient web It's a resource The Legal Genealogist has consulted dozens of times. Put together by a researcher named George Baumbach, it's entitled Colonial Pettypool-Poole-P'Pool Families, and it sets out a vast array of known information -- some of it...

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GEDmatch security breach

Without further comment... From the GEDmatch.com Facebook page: Text of the above image: “On the morning of July 19, GEDmatch experienced a security breach orchestrated through a sophisticated attack on one of our servers via an existing user account. We became aware...

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Chilling with AncestryDNA

Yes, The Legal Genealogist is aware of the upcoming change at AncestryDNA to eliminate the smallest of our small-segment matches. Yes, I'm aware this will mean potentially thousands of matches not showing up any more. And I have some advice about this: Chill. Let me...

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