Two sides to every story

The debate over Internet Archive's Emergency Library There are always two sides to every story, and The Legal Genealogist is guilty of brushing past that simple fact in touting the Internet Archive's decision to make a National Emergency Library of in-copyright works...

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A lesson in numbers

...for the DNA folks Anyone who knows The Legal Genealogist knows that the term “utterly-math-averse” applies, in spades. But the lesson we all have to learn, no matter how hard it is to wrap our heads around it, is that we need to play the odds when we're looking at...

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That Johnson child

Even that “contemporaneous” record can be wrong... It's one of the great joys of Kentucky research, those few short unexpected years of birth records in the 1850s. It's also one of the great frustrations of Kentucky research. And an object lesson in why we never ever...

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Hats off to Internet Archive

The National Emergency Library A colleague asked the question on Facebook just yesterday: with all the libraries closing, how are we to find things to read? And a big answer came at the same time -- just yesterday -- from Internet Archive, as it announced the launch...

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Adding color to history

In a grey time The Legal Genealogist is a big fan of the new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™ -- a tool that lets us quickly and easily colorize any black-and-white photo we might have. No, it's not perfect -- nothing is. No, it's not...

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What the future will know

The 2020 census The Legal Genealogist has been among the many many United States citizens who began receiving the envelopes from the U.S. Census Bureau. “This is your invitation to respond to the 2020 Census,” it begins. And there's no chance we won't all respond...

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The whatever birthday

94, 95, whatever She came into this world 94 years ago today. Or maybe it was 95 years ago today. There was, you see, a major dispute over that simple fact. There is no question but that she was the fifth-born child of Clay and Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, The Legal...

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Expanding horizons

From isolation to broad vistas Feeling cramped? Confined? Isolated? There's no need for that, y'know. The Legal Genealogist sure hasn't been narrowing down. Instead, I've been expanding my horizons every single day, while still easily maintaining the social distancing...

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Seriously, Copyright Office?

A fee hike... now... The email came in just yesterday: “Special Announcement about Fee Changes,” it said. “Effective March 20, the Copyright Office is changing fees for copyright registration and other services.”[1. Email, “Fee Changes Effective March 20,”...

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Being thankful

For all we do have Like the rest of the world, The Legal Genealogist has been caught up in the news the past days with a sinking heart. These surely are the “interesting times” of that old curse “May you live in interesting times.” And yet things could be so much...

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