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About those SS-5s

How long does it take If there has been any silver lining whatsoever to the pandemic cloud these last 18 to 20 months, it's been that a lot of government agencies, archives and other repositories have managed to get a lot more materials digitized and available online....

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Y we know what we know

William Noel was not a Battles DNA doesn't always make our research lives easier. It often sends us down really complicated rabbit holes. But, even in a worst case scenario, it can keep us from going down the wrong rabbit hole. Case in point: yesterday on Facebook a...

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Choosing number 37

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

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Inheriting the copyright

Who gets it...? The Legal Genealogist trusts that -- by now -- readers understand that copyright lasts for some time after the death of the person who created the work: the book; the photo; the painting. Around the world, the minimum time generally is 50 years after...

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Recharging batteries

Yep... ran away from home Yes, the pages of The Legal Genealogist blog have been dark for days. No, The Legal Genealogist hasn't been sleeping on the job. Sometimes ya just gotta recharge the batteries. And with due precautions, fully-vaccinated sisters, and a couple...

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Recombining relations

Why we test everyone we can It's the phrase every single child, ever, hates to hear. The Legal Genealogist sure knows it, and heard it often enough. You know the one. "Why can't you be more like (fill in the blank with the name of the particular sibling or cousin who...

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Estating the obvious…

We all need a DNA estate plan If there is anything in this world that should be abundantly clear to us all, after 19 months of a global pandemic and nearly five million dead (including 700,000 Americans), it's that we all need to think about making sure our affairs...

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His and hers

A matter of time It's no secret that, during much of history, women -- and particularly married women -- have been disadvantaged by the law. The British common law system followed in most of the English colonies around the world and incorporated into their laws after...

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Attention law geeks!

... and law-geek wannabes... If there's anything The Legal Genealogist believes wholeheartedly, it's that there's no such thing as too much legal education, particularly legal education that genealogists can use. And an ongoing series of webinars from the Law Library...

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