The gift

That keeps on giving... A family member The Legal Genealogist will call DFC first provided a YDNA sample in 2008, and had his autosomal DNA tested for the first time in 2010 when the test first became available. Since the 9th of July 2019, he has had 106 matches on...

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Yet another resource

One more option for legal terms Earlier this week, reader Patricia Victor was puzzling out the meaning of the legal Latin term levari facias. She'd already tried an online version early edition of Black's Law Dictionary[1. The Law Dictionary...

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On beyond Black’s

Sometimes you need another dictionary The Legal Genealogist loves it when a reader question offers up a gold-studded opportunity for learning . And reader Patricia Victor did just that with her question on the legal Latin term levari facias. She said she looked the...

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Thanks to the FHL, 2019 style

… and you can join in Every year, around the time of its Board of Trustees meeting in Salt Lake City in the fall, the Board for Certification of Genealogists does something special. It says “thank you” to the Family History Library and its staff for everything they do...

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Equal opportunity DNA criticism

Don't take ThruLines as gospel either So a couple of weeks ago The Legal Genealogist focused on the dangers of uncritical acceptance of the automated systems at the DNA testing companies that link us to possible/proposed ancestors by showing how one suggested Theory...

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Lone Star memorials

Texas legislative petitions online So The Legal Genealogist has spent the past few days in Texas, speaking at the Dallas Genealogical Society's 2019 Summer Seminar and then doing some research. Into my family. Yeah, occasionally I do insist on doing my own research....

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An open letter

A descendant's thanks To the members of the Abandoned Cemetery Association of Parker County, Texas: Ladies and gentlemen, The Legal Genealogist doffs her hat to you. And offers you a family's thanks in general -- and this descendant's thanks in particular. Yesterday,...

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A modest proposal

A 90-day moratorium at Find A Grave It happens over and over and over. A grieving family struggles to cope with a loved one's death. There are so many arrangements to make, so many people to be notified, so many things that have to be handled. At some point in that...

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Ancestry and Arolsen

Digitization brings Holocaust-era records online Wolf and Moses Arm were Polish citizens when they sailed to the United States as displaced persons aboard the SS Marine Perch in August of 1946. Wolf was 16. Moses was 6. There weren't any adults with that surname on...

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