2019 alphabet soup: F is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The Legal Genealogist went to law school in the 20th century. Despite what my nieces and nephews suggest ("that was so long ago you spoke Latin, right?"), we...

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New DNA book now available

An advanced guide for DNA researchers And it's out. Available now on Amazon is a new DNA book edited by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, and pulling together a wide variety of authors and subjects focused on advanced DNA issues and techniques. The brand new volume,...

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The one I wish I’d known

The one I never met He was born 128 years ago tomorrow. A father twice over. A grandfather eight times over. A great grandfather 13 times over. A great great grandfather 11 times over with a 12th on the way. And he only ever saw three of those descendants in his...

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Read the law books

Yes, read them, really The Legal Genealogist loves it when this happens. A fabulous question just came in minutes ago in a comment to Wednesday's post about private laws,[1. Judy G. Russell, “Down the legal rabbit holes,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 20 Mar 2019...

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International legal rabbit holes

Private laws elsewhere It rarely fails. The Legal Genealogist hardly finishes a blog post without the inevitable inquiry... the question that should have been anticipated. Yesterday's blog about private laws[1. Judy G. Russell, “Down the legal rabbit holes,” The Legal...

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Down the legal rabbit holes

Go ahead... read those laws So... The Legal Genealogist is poking around some late 18th century and early 19th century Massachusetts statutes to try to get an answer to a reader question. The answer is taking more time than expected... and it isn't helping one bit...

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Spring not sprung

Not enough yet at any rate So The Legal Genealogist was in Alabama just a few days ago. Spring had arrived. And then I went to Texas. Spring had arrived. Now I'm home in New Jersey. Where tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring. It's not here yet. Sigh... this...

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The business of genealogy

Looking at corporate history It was 167 years ago today that two men joined forces in New York City to start a new business designed to serve the needs of a growing nation in the wake of the California Gold Rush. Their names: Henry Wells. William G. Fargo. Yes, that...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

From one who isn't Irish No amount of finagling on behalf of a cousin who dearly wants to be Irish is going to change the facts: The Legal Genealogist isn't Irish. Scots-Irish, yes. Irish Irish, no. There is not so much as a hint in our family's paper trail that we...

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The septuagenarian

Seventy trips around the sun There are some things a little girl wants as a birthday present. A two-year-old might want a puppy, but Diana already had one of those. A tricycle maybe, but she had one of those too. Building blocks, check. Stuffed animals, check. All the...

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