Seventeen of the best

The blogs of America's treasure Periodically, The Legal Genealogist disappears down a research rabbit hole. Almost every time, that includes looking at one or more of the treasures held and served up to us by what my friend and colleague Pamela Boyer Sayre calls our...

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Forty-eight hours or less…

Clock ticking to deadlines Do you remember the television public service announcements where the announcer sternly inquired: “It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” Typically, they ran before the nightly news, and Wikipedia informs us that they were...

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Revisiting the rules

The genealogy book and Ancestry's terms of use Reader Stan C. is about to finish an impressive piece of work... and is plagued with a real concern. “I am in the final stages of research on a large genealogy book I am publishing,” he wrote. “Is it legal to use...

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The Thanksgiving gift

At least we think so now... There have been many memorable Thanksgivings in The Legal Genealogist's life. Thanksgivings spent in Virginia, gathered with my mother, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins by the dozens, all together at a rented hall -- because no house was...

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About those genealogy sales

The Friday after Thanksgiving... The Legal Genealogist will freely admit it. I hate shopping. Totally unAmerican, I know, but the whole idea of going out into that crush of humanity on the Friday after Thanksgiving strikes terror deep into my heart. So it's with glee...

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Thanksgiving 2018

Giving thanks... Today, of all days, The Legal Genealogist is just so thankful. On this Thanksgiving Day 2018 here in the United States, this fourth Thursday in November,[1. See "Congress Establishes Thanksgiving," Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives...

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Over the river and through the…

It's Bridge Day As millions of Americans get onto planes, trains and automobiles for what is one of the busiest travel days of the years, The Legal Genealogist would like to officially dub this Bridge Day. Why? It's the anniversary of the official opening of one very...

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The rights of the living

Genealogical privacy issues Reader Nanci is thinking about starting a blog about her family history and, as she thought about it, she had a question: “My main question for you is about privacy and the use of names,” she wrote. “I’m not sure if I should just put my...

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Thanksgiving DNA sales 2018

Test that DNA! Once again the DNA testing companies are giving us -- and our cousins -- no excuse for not getting that DNA test done. Yes, it's sale time again, with sales for the American Thanksgiving holiday offered by all the major DNA companies. And the deals are...

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A favorite holiday

Family, food, football All of us -- The Legal Genealogist included -- have our favorites. That one holiday of the year that we enjoy just that little bit more than any of the others. For some, it's Christmas. They love the weather at that time of year, the decorating,...

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