A worthy cause indeed

Today's Conference for a Cause Today is the day The Legal Genealogist has been headed towards, roaming through Utah and Colorado this past week. Today is the fifth annual Conference for a Cause of the Larimer County, Colorado, Genealogical Society. It's when the...

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Centennial State laws

Colorado statutes from 1861 It was part of Spain, France — no, Spain — no, France — both Spain and France, the United States and Mexico and Texas, and then just the United States. At least some part of its land at one time or another had been in the Louisiana,...

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One month from today

The fair is coming to town Just about all of us -- The Legal Genealogist included -- remember the excitement when, as children, we heard that the fair was coming to town. We may be a bit older now, a bit longer in the tooth, but that same excitement still creeps into...

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Those first five words

How misleading they can be It's often the first five words that flash through a genealogist's mind. We hear about a repository that specializes in a particular type of records, and the first five words that we think of are: “That's not about my family.” And oh how...

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Discovering fiction

Another example of why not to accept automated systems So The Legal Genealogist opened the email program this morning and there it was. A personal discovery, just for me, according to the automated system notice from one of the big genealogical companies.[1. I'm not...

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Not one in a million

... but 96 in a thousand ... so far ... Doing genealogy right, and particularly integrating DNA into our genealogical research, requires education. The Legal Genealogist insists: this isn't optional. If we're to have a prayer of properly using this type of evidence,...

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Keystone statutes

A source for early Pennsylvania laws What does it tell us about the kinds of things our earliest ancestors in colonial Pennsylvania were concerned about when the first 10 laws enacted by the Province of Pennsylvania in 1682 were: • Concerning liberty of conscience •...

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Year 18… never forget…

18 years later... Robert Grant Norton was born in Lubec, Maine. A Navy veteran of World War 2, he and his second wife were on their way to California for her son's wedding. He never made it. The 85-year-old's life was cut short, eighteen years ago today. He and his...

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Citing Google Maps

The rules for attribution Google Maps are truly wonderful resources and many genealogists (and others!) use them all the time -- in articles, on websites, in presentations and more. Which, The Legal Genealogist hastens to add, is (a) perfectly legal as long as (b) we...

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MyHeritage expands DNA health holdings

Acquiring Promethease and SNPedia The company name is River Road Bio. It's a Utah-based company that few genealogists will ever have heard of. And, yesterday, at its conference in Amsterdam, MyHeritage announced it had acquired that company.[1. “MyHeritage Acquires...

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