Discovering fiction

Another example of why not to accept automated systems So The Legal Genealogist opened the email program this morning and there it was. A personal discovery, just for me, according to the automated system notice from one of the big genealogical companies.[1. I'm not...

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Not one in a million

... but 96 in a thousand ... so far ... Doing genealogy right, and particularly integrating DNA into our genealogical research, requires education. The Legal Genealogist insists: this isn't optional. If we're to have a prayer of properly using this type of evidence,...

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Keystone statutes

A source for early Pennsylvania laws What does it tell us about the kinds of things our earliest ancestors in colonial Pennsylvania were concerned about when the first 10 laws enacted by the Province of Pennsylvania in 1682 were: • Concerning liberty of conscience •...

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Year 18… never forget…

18 years later... Robert Grant Norton was born in Lubec, Maine. A Navy veteran of World War 2, he and his second wife were on their way to California for her son's wedding. He never made it. The 85-year-old's life was cut short, eighteen years ago today. He and his...

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Citing Google Maps

The rules for attribution Google Maps are truly wonderful resources and many genealogists (and others!) use them all the time -- in articles, on websites, in presentations and more. Which, The Legal Genealogist hastens to add, is (a) perfectly legal as long as (b) we...

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MyHeritage expands DNA health holdings

Acquiring Promethease and SNPedia The company name is River Road Bio. It's a Utah-based company that few genealogists will ever have heard of. And, yesterday, at its conference in Amsterdam, MyHeritage announced it had acquired that company.[1. “MyHeritage Acquires...

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Perseverance paying off

Vital records officers changing gears There is no evidence that closing vital records for long time periods prevents identity theft. The Legal Genealogist knows that. You know that. And now, for the first time, the people in charge of vital records are beginning to...

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Turn the page!

The rest of the story So many times, the answer to a genealogical question can be found with a simple action. Turn the page. And ... sigh ... The Legal Genealogist occasionally needs a reminder to find the book that has the pages to turn them. Case in point. Some...

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Mapping Labor Day

Interactive archives map Hard to believe, isn't it? It's Labor Day already! Where has 2019 gone? Kids back in school, days growing shorter… fall is right around the corner. As genealogists, we all appreciate Labor Day as a day off from work, a day when maybe we can...

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Three more days

FTDNA sale extended It's a three-day weekend, there are ancestors to be found ... and The Legal Genealogist has snacks. To say I've fallen down the Graumüllers-in-Rüdersdorf rabbit hole is an understatement and a half. Which kind of explains why there's no extensive...

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