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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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Review: how white was white enough?

Race and the naturalization law 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...

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Original sources

Of original causes These are powerful times in which we live, and part of the power of the moment comes from the tidal wave of history that is sweeping a lot of misconceptions out with it. One of those misconceptions: the Civil War was fought by southern states to...

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RIP Irene Triplett

Last Civil War-era pensioner dies in North Carolina It's the end of an era. It has been 155 years since Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. A century and a half since the guns fell silent in that bloodiest war on...

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Nothing to say

Nothing that can be said This space has been dark almost all week. The Legal Genealogist has nothing to say that can be said. There are more than 102,800 men, women and children dead in America from COVID-19 -- almost a third of the 365,500 deaths in the world to...

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Memorial Day 2020

Honoring those who gave their all Today is Memorial Day here in the United States — the official holiday on which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It's time set aside for us all -- The Legal Genealogist included -- to pause and to honor...

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The enigma of a cousin, part 2

All that isn't known of a lifetime, part 2 (Continued from part 1, here, because of a technical issue with the original posting) We know from a lot of sources that Mattie married John Berens. Her father John's obituary in 1951 listed “a daughter, Mrs. Johnny Berens of...

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The enigma of a cousin, part 1

Note: Because of an issue in the HTML rendering of this post on some (but not all) devices and browsers, this post is being reposted, in two parts... apologies to those who got the whole thing correctly -- and here's hoping for those who need it in two parts to keep...

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