2019 alphabet soup: B is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So it's almost the halfway mark for the first week of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for The Legal Genealogist. The main focus for me this first week is the Family History Law Library class...

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2019 alphabet soup: A is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Yep, The Legal Genealogist is back on the road. (I’m sure that will come as a shock… not…) It’s the start of the 2019 institutes as the 2019 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy gets underway, and Rick...

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A long overdue apology

To the families of the victims... The Legal Genealogist's first cousin once removed just couldn't understand the whole notion of genealogy when it came up in a conversation years ago. He could not for the life of him wrap his head around the idea of wanting to get to...

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Happy birthday, Mr. Hamilton!

Here's to 230 years of Treasury records The text for the post Today's Document, posted each day by the U.S. National Archives, is short and sweet: Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757, the illegitimate son of a poor itinerant merchant. He would go on to...

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A different question

A special guardian for what child? Reader Bridget Wanderer was baffled. The court record she'd come across just didn't make sense. She knew that her grandmother Gladys was enumerated living with her father, stepmother and grandfather Forrest H. Mitchell in Manhattan,...

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Sourcing the lingo

Law dictionaries online It was a particularly timely question that came in from reader Kellye Hawkins. Just after The Legal Genealogist had given a virtual presentation this past Saturday to the Florida Genealogical Society - Tampa about legal lingo and how to survive...

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Ethics in a time of change

DNA rights and wrongs It's never easy living in a time of change. Even when we're convinced, as The Legal Genealogist is convinced, that we'll come out on the other side stronger and more secure for the experience, going through the minefield of change is just plain...

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Milestones, 2019

Looking back to 2018, forward to 2019 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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Rules of my road: 2019

Not legal advice! So many reader questions come in that are beyond what The Legal Genealogist can answer in this blog, because they're asking for legal advice. Um... that's not what this blog is all about. Not what this blog can do. It's necessary, or at least...

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