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Father's Day DNA sales One week from today -- Sunday, June 20th -- it's Father's Day in the United States. And you know what that means. Yep: DNA kits are on sale. The following prices are US prices, but many offers may also be available internationally, so check the...

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Those snippets

Word-picture postcards of a life They are among the most precious gifts a genealogist can ever receive. Those snippets that help breathe life into the names and dates and places of our research. In late August 1908, The Legal Genealogist's great grandfather Jasper...

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The third part

A third leg to the consent tripod The age of consent has been an issue the last couple of days. Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist responded to a discussion on Facebook, and explained the difference between the age of consent (in criminal law) and the age of consent (in...

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Same not same

A isn't always A The age of consent isn't the same thing as the age of consent. Really. Yes, The Legal Genealogist knows that's confusing. So let's try to untangle it. The issue came up yesterday on Facebook where the question was the ages of the family members who...

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Connecticut opens OBCs

Adoptees to get original birth certificates In just a few weeks, on 1 July 2021, adult adoptees born in Connecticut will have the unrestricted right to get what everyone else takes for granted. A new law, signed into law on 7 June by Governor Ned Lamont, will give all...

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Tiptoeing back to normal…

FHL to reopen No words needed from The Legal Genealogist. Let the FamilySearch announcement speak for itself: The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced it will begin a phased reopening starting 6 July 2021. The popular destination...

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Land buying age

How old did you have to be...? It's a common question, and yet another one landed in The Legal Genealogist's emailbox first thing this morning: How old did someone have to be to buy land in (some common law jurisdiction) in (some early year)? Now you might think this...

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The Bug

The day it met the trooper... Yes, The Legal Genealogist knows that 2021 is a Brood X year -- the cicadas either are already here or they're coming to wherever they plan to emerge. This isn't that kind of bug. The capital letter is there for a reason -- the Bug, not...

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With 100 friends…

The Legal Genealogist is 101 There are 101 on the list today. No, not a list of centenarians. The Legal Genealogist is aging, but not that fast. Nope, the list is The 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2021, from Family Tree Magazine, and it's out now -- its 22nd annual...

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That long switchover

From pounds and pence to dollars and cents Reader David Watson poses a terrific question: “The US government established the U.S. dollar as the unit of currency in 1792,” he writes. “Nevertheless, I’ve seen marriage bonds where the bond is expressed in ‘pounds’ well...

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