Ancestry updates its terms

No major changes Ancestry has updated its terms and conditions to revise certain privacy provisions. Though as always The Legal Genealogist thinks everyone should read all terms and conditions carefully, and particularly where -- as here -- terms and conditions cover...

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FGS 2019 online registration closes Friday

Don't snooze or you'll lose! One of the nation's premier genealogical conferences is coming up fast, as the Federation of Genealogical Societies prepares to descend on Washington, D.C. August 21-24, 2019 for the FGS 2019 Conference. It's going to be enormously good...

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Filling in the blanks

Measuring tree completeness One of the single most important factors in determining the likelihood that somebody we match as a DNA cousin matches us in a particular way is tree completeness. That's the degree to which we -- and our match -- have identified all of the...

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On the vine

The joys of summer The Legal Genealogist is home for a time -- at least temporarily -- during this year's institute season, and went out this morning for one of the joys of summer. The farmer's market. There truly is nothing quite as wonderful as the smells -- and the...

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2019 alphabet soup: P is for…

Hint: It's not a bird... It's institute time! The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, now under the aegis of the Georgia Genealogical Society, is in its second day at the University of Georgia, and The Legal Genealogist is up to her eyebrows in advanced...

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Just a theory

The dangers of uncritical acceptance There are some really cool tools to be used these days to help analyze our DNA results up against our genealogical tree research. But there's a reason why they have names like Theory of Family Relativity (at MyHeritage) or...

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One giant leap

Into belief It was just a few moments before 11 p.m. Eastern time, 50 years ago today. The Legal Genealogist -- and anyone else alive at the time -- remembers it as if it were yesterday. Gathered around television sets, radios, anything that would carry a signal, we...

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Into the ring

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It's mid-way through the GRIP week, and The Legal Genealogist is exhilarated... and tired. I'm a student this week, at least mostly, back in the classroom at the Genealogical Research Institute of...

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David Fred Cottrell, 1928-2019

Yet another sad farewell They were 12 in number, born between the First World War and and the early years of the Second World War. The children of Clay Rex and Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, The Legal Genealogist's maternal grandparents. Ruth Marie, the first-born. Born...

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2019 alphabet soup: O is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. It's institute season. This week was the Midwest African-American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Next...

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