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The baby boom of February

Something in the May air? There must be something about the end of May. Something about the way spring is folding itself into summer. Something about the way the days are getting long, the evenings golden and warm. Something about the way the nights ... well, the...

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The extraordinarily ordinary

The Laws of 1862 It is, so much, an ordinary book of laws. And yet... and yet... And yet there is so much that is so very extraordinary. In so many ways, so much what the Florida Legislature did that term, when it met in the First Session of its 12th General Assembly,...

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Drawing the lines

The changes in Florida county borders “Beginning at the northwest corner of township thirty-one south, of range thirty-five east.” That's the way the law begins. ... thence east on the line dividing the townships thirty and thirty-one south, to the point where said...

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Gen-Fed 2017 registration Saturday!

One of genealogy's best offerings It's a big week for genealogical education, with registration opening today at noon for the June courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and registration scheduled for Saturday for another great opportunity to...

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Reminder: GRIP registration tomorrow

Registration opens at noon EST If you're still wondering what to do to enhance your genealogical education this summer, here's one last reminder -- registration begins tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22, for the June session at the Genealogical Research Institute of...

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Remembering the internees

The stain on American honor February 19, 1942. Seventy-five years ago yesterday. That's when it began. It was 75 years ago yesterday that the United States embarked on an episode that can only be described as shameful. Rounding up and locking up more than 100,000 men,...

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The floodgates open!

Let the transfers begin It's taken a very long time, but the floodgates are now open for transfers into the autosomal DNA database at Family Tree DNA. And for those who have tested at other companies but want the benefits of having good analytical tools while being in...

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O Reverend, where art thou?

Wedding bells in Texas It was 121 years ago tomorrow when they stood before a minister, probably in Bexar County, Texas, and said their “I do”s. On February 19, 1896, Jasper Carlton Robertson was just a couple of months short of his 25th birthday -- he would turn 25...

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Get a GRIP for June 2017

Registration opens Wednesday, February 22 So you didn't make it to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January. And you didn't register for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research for its summer classes. Are you starting to feel distinctly left out on...

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What a nuisance!

The federal crime, that is... It is, today, a quiet residential neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Google street view image shows some modest single family homes. A small apartment building or two. Driveway basketball hoops. Sideyard grills. Picnic tables and...

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