Before we buy that kit…

Think about the ethical rules It's holiday sale time at the DNA companies, with price breaks on DNA testing kits already underway or soon to begin at most of the testing companies. And with the substantial dropoff in the rate of growth of DNA testing in the...

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When there’s no-one to ask

Who is that valentine Peggy? There is very little that frustrates a genealogist more than having a burning question ... and no-one to ask. The Legal Genealogist knows that feeling only too well. And got hit with it again last night. I was going through my baby box --...

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The records of freedom

Not from the proclamation It wasn't the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the enslaved population of the United States. Oh, that helped, for sure, but it was effective only in the states then in rebellion -- in other words, in the Confederacy. The exact language of...

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2019 alphabet soup: S is for…

Stop it! at least between Saturday and Monday... The Legal Genealogist freely confesses. I am definitely a law geek. I could spend hours reading old law books, court cases and -- yes -- even legal dictionaries. Because you never know what you're going to find. Take...

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Fight the fee hikes

Speak out on proposed USCIS rule Two weeks left. That's all the time there is to speak out against a proposed rule by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that will raise the fees for genealogical records by nearly 500%. The deadline for comments on the rule...

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A likely candidate

A daughter for Boston Shew Boston Shew is The Legal Genealogist's fourth great grandfather... and the source of a whole raft of the family's mysteries. He was born around 1790 in North Carolina.[1. See 1850 U.S. census, Cherokee County, Alabama, population schedule,...

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2019 alphabet soup: R is for…

Giving a break It's the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. Some people got up at the crack of dawn to stand in line to grab the bargain of the year in what are called Black Friday sales. Some others -- and The Legal Genealogist makes no admissions here --...

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Choosing number 35

Nominations sought for NGS Hall of Fame Thirty four times, the genealogical community has honored one of our best, one that we've lost. Thirty four times, the focus has been on someone who has made contributions to the field of genealogy that were of lasting...

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Turkey Day deals

Something to be grateful for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and its parent company MyHeritage are giving genealogists something to be very grateful for during this Thanksgiving holiday. More than one something, to be precise. Yes, The Legal Genealogist knows it's only...

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Beyond the named parties

Not just the story of Aaron Burr The Grand Jury in and for the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Kentucky, Frankfort Term, was convinced. The man had committed treason against the United States of America. “He did willfully and unlawfully, and from evil...

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