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Say their names…

Fan and Ana and Mary and ... It's Black History Month here in the United States, a time for all of us to benefit from learning more about the history, role and contributions of African Americans in this country. A time when “The Library of Congress, National Archives...

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Ancestry privacy update: no big deal

January 2023 update is routine Yes, Ancestry has once again updated its privacy rules. No, it's nothing to be concerned about. With that -- except for the worrywarts out there -- The Legal Genealogist could conclude this blog post. If you're not a worrywart, the rest...

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Between the lines

Elly, Paul, the censuses... and the divorce... There is no question of the relationship of the couple on the 1930 census. On line 29, he is enumerated as head of the household, and on line 30, she's enumerated as his wife, and the marital status for each of them is...

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Snippet: About those shares…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. It's winter camp for genealogists this week as the virtual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is underway. Which means I'm up to my eyeballs in Powerpoints and...

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The plot thickens…

Elly and the husbands Okay, The Legal Genealogist has had it with Elly. Elly Emma Martha Maria Geissler Nasgowitz Froemke is going to drive me nuts. Elly was one of the older sisters of my paternal grandfather. Fifth child and fourth daughter of Hermann and Emma...

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GEDmatch sold again

GEDmatch changes hands again in Verogen sale It isn't mentioned on the website of GEDmatch, the third-party DNA tools site at the heart of much of the early privacy debate over law enforcement use of consumer DNA databases for criminal investigations. And The Legal...

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Releasing the land

About that lease and release... You'll see it all over the land records of colonial America. In one document, person A leases the land to person B. And in another, often a day or two later, and sometimes even on the same day, person A releases the land to person B....

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Kids these days…

... no different than kids those days ... The reader's tone was a little smug... and a little uncertain. John T. had read about the six-year-old in Virginia in custody for shooting a teacher and sounded a typical “kids these days” note. “At least our ancestors never...

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Those spreading genes

Where they are today So The Legal Genealogist was poking around on Ancestry today, and justforthehellofit decided to look at that part of what's called the DNA Story that records “Where your family lives today.” Of my 54,768 total Ancestry DNA matches, it turns out...

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Milestones, 2023

Looking back to 2022, forward to 2023 The very best part of falling headlong into family history research is the stories. Stories in The Legal Genealogist’s family take us back a long way in America on the maternal side and in Germany on the paternal side. Stories...

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