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Maybe in our genes???

A genetic link to a virus susceptibility? Oy. Just what we needed. If the facts about COVID-19 weren't bad enough, we now discover some of the risk factors may be in our genes. Yes, indeedy, if you've taken a DNA test for genealogy, you too may be able to find out if...

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July 4, 2020

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the...

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Going the course

With wonderful workshops You remember that conference we were all going to attend last month? Yeah, that conference. The National Genealogical Society conference. In Salt Lake City, where one of the draws on top of a national conference is the Family History Library....

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Documenting our own

Looking closer at our families It's something The Legal Genealogist is so so so guilty of doing. I look at people who are closest in my family, people like -- say -- my mother's siblings. And I say to myself, “Oh, I know all about those folks...” Except when I don't....

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And speaking of historical affairs…

The YDNA roadblock Every two years, without fail, The Legal Genealogist takes a deep, deep breath, and takes a look once again. Not that I don't look at the YDNA results for my family members in between, mind you, but at least once every two years I take a careful...

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Recognizing Juneteenth

Hint: it isn't new It's been cause for celebration since this day in 1865. This day, celebrated for 155 years. June 19th. Juneteenth. The day on which the very last persons held in bondage in the Confederacy learned of their freedom. It began that day, 155 years ago,...

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Review: The dark side

Not a history to be proud of Note: As we all struggle to come to terms with current events, it may prove helpful to look back at some of our history. Believing firmly that knowing how we got here may help us all see the way forward, The Legal Genealogist will reprise...

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FGS goes virtual

Final Federation of Genealogical Societies conference online COVID19 has claimed another in-person victim -- this time, the planned 2020 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, scheduled for 2-5 September 2020, in Kansas City. That's the bad news, and...

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Those June babies

What a party... Every so often, The Legal Genealogist turns to a marvelous little program written by John Cardinal called On This Day. It's no longer supported, mostly because it runs against the database of a now-defunct genealogy program called Master Genealogist....

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Review: a matter of degree

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Note: As we all struggle to come to terms with current events, it may prove helpful to look back at some of our history. Believing firmly that knowing how we got here may help us all see the way...

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