Empty chairs

...at the Mother's Day table It's only fitting, this Saturday before Mother's Day, to focus on one of the women in The Legal Genealogist's family. And to wonder how anyone survives giving birth to -- we think -- eight children ... and burying five of them as infants....

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Going to summer school

GRIP opens new seats The Legal Genealogist offers apologies in advance to friend, colleague and mentor Thomas W. Jones. I am the student who sits in the back and whines, “Why do we have to do that???” And while I hope not to be whining that much, I will certainly be...

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More on copyright and old letters

... and a great reader question It makes for a lovely start to The Legal Genealogist's day when a reader's copyright question focuses on one issue: “What are my responsibilities?” In this case, it's an easy question to answer... and there's an easy reference source...

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A tip on TiP

Understanding genetic distances One of the joys of using DNA as a tool for genealogy is having multiple tests available to see relationships in different ways. One of the downsides of using DNA as a tool for genealogy is having multiple tests available to see...

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And the view…

... from today's office window ... On Facebook, The Legal Genealogist tries to post a daily image to capture the view from today's office window. In ordinary times, it's likely to be a scene from a busy airport. In recent days, it's been things like raindrops or...

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More virtual education: MAAGI and NGS

Classes and conference move online Two more major options for genealogical education -- one institute and one conference -- have opted to go virtual for 2020. The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), scheduled for Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July, and the...

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Copyright of the law

On annotating the Georgia Code This isn't a piece about the law of copyright. The Legal Genealogist writes about that all the time. No, today, we need to talk about the copyright of the law. Which is what Georgia tried to do, and the Supreme Court of the United States...

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And that’s okay, too…

Getting by in 2020 There will be no Great American Novel from The Legal Genealogist's pen -- or keyboard -- in 2020. The stay-at-home time caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will not result in a creative burst. No new garden planted. No quilting or sewing projects. No...

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But not forgotten…

Little boy lost His full name was Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Nuckel. But you know they didn't call him that. He was probably called Freddy or Friedl or Fritz, or possibly Willy, or something not even remotely like any one of his names. He may even, for the entirety of...

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GRIP goes virtual

2020 institute courses move online A second major genealogical institute has moved its 2020 summer courses into the ether in light of the challenges posed by the current pandemic. The Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh informed its 440 students last night of the...

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