Linking father and son

That reasonably exhaustive research thing again... There's one question The Legal Genealogist asks with respect to any genealogical database. How do I know? And if there's one genealogical database where that question has to be asked most frequently, it's my own. You...

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Yes in Virginia, No in Massachusetts

Records access issues need our voices Records access is the single most important issue to the genealogical community. The Legal Genealogist submits that it's really pretty simple: no records, no genealogy. So whenever there's a chance to speak out on records access,...

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A touch of color

Reasonably accurate too If you've ever wondered what that old black-and-white or sepia photo might look like professionally colorized, wonder no more. With a new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™, you can quickly and easily colorize any...

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The birthdays

On this day... There is much to celebrate on this day... February 12th. It's the birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Back in the Dark Ages, when The Legal Genealogist was a kid, we got this day off from school in addition to...

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Lost no more

The story of one man's fight for freedom There are stories being told again now, during February, Black History Month, that The Legal Genealogist has heard before. Stories about people like Harriet Tubman who escaped slavery and then helped other enslaved people...

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Is the party over?

DNA testing growth slows First came the news from 23andMe. The headlines all read pretty much the same way: “23andMe slashes 14% of workforce amid slump in DNA testing market.”[1. See e.g. Sara O'Brien, “23andMe slashes 14% of workforce amid slump in DNA testing...

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One last walk in the woods

A tragic end to a hardscrabble life It's too small even to count as a village in the middle of Germany. Today, it's little more than a bend in the road in Sachsen-Anhalt, the Federal State in central Germany bordered by Brandenburg to the east, Saxony to the...

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One last chance at USCIS

Oppose the USCIS fee hikes! Three days, and a bit, are what we have. Three days to speak out. Three days to try to prevent outrageous fee hikes for records obtained from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Program. Just three days. We only...

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About those spots…

The Find A Grave leopard hasn't changed ... Ancestry, what are you waiting for? It's long past time to impose a permanent humane solution to the long-term, persistent, growing problem at Find A Grave: that people utterly unassociated with a recently-deceased person...

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Using the work of others

Ask, don't take Once more into the breach, dear friends: Copying someone else's work without permission is wrong. The Legal Genealogist has sung this song before, more than once,[1. See e.g. Judy G. Russell, “Don’t just take!!!,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 27 Sep...

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