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Celebrating siblings

Or maybe kittens... If The Legal Genealogist ran the circus, they wouldn't exist. By the time I was four, I was done with siblings. I had an older sister. I had a younger brother. Enough already yet. So if I'd had my way, here on National Siblings Day,[1. Wikipedia...

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We won one!

Researchers, rejoice! There isn't anything The Legal Genealogist likes better than the chance to report good news. And boy is there ever good news to report today. The National Archives' regional repository in Seattle, Washington, is staying put. No more threat to...

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Sourcing history

Like any other research... Like every good genealogist who ever lived, The Legal Genealogist is a history geek. We need to be able to properly understand our research subjects -- and the records they left -- in the context of their time and place where they lived and...

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Executive Order 6101

Launching the CCC It was on the fifth of April 1933 that Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed it. It was intended to implement, in part, the provisions of “An Act for the relief of unemployment through the performance of useful public work, and for other purposes,” which...

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The witness who wasn’t

Why the witness wasn't Charlsie There was that one nagging issue in The Legal Genealogist's thinking. The thinking that led to last Saturday's family blog suggesting that the second youngest daughter of William and Ann (Jacobs) Battles posed as her sister Charlsie,...

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The joys of ambiguity

Yes, there are quotes around that... The Legal Genealogist couldn't believe it. Simply could not believe that any genealogist could have done such a thing. It just had to be an April Fool's joke. I mean, I know that online family trees can be problematic, but...

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Documenting our own lives

Forty years ago today Genealogists are often living breathing advertisements for the truth of that old adage about the shoemaker's children having no shoes. We document the histories of all the people in our families. Except for our own. The Legal Genealogist is no...

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Just one day…

... in 1870 There are days in history when nothing much happens. Nothing that The Legal Genealogist would say is something that was likely to change lives or -- more importantly for us as family historians -- to create records. Perfectly ordinary days that we can just...

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Limits to the test

Or, in other words, Y not... For once, the answer isn't “it depends.” The answer to reader Hala's question is a flat out simple no. The question: “Is Y-DNA testing the most certain for determining if two brothers share the same father??” And the answer to that is no....

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And nothing but the truth …

Just a few “misstatements” The truth can be so inconvenient at times. And in The Legal Genealogist's family, well... Let's just say that our family motto is: we never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Apparently, we also never let the truth get in the way...

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