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Snippets 2021 v.3

About those guardians... It's institute season here at The Legal Genealogist -- which means busy times! When I'm not teaching genealogy courses in one institute, I'm doing it at another, or at a conference, like today and tomorrow in Michigan... So instead of...

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Snippets 2021 v.2

RootsTech 2022 stays virtual The Legal Genealogist is now fully into institute season -- teaching at genealogical institutes all over. Today, it's one of my favorites -- the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). On tough topics like slavery, north and...

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Time for FTDNA’s change

And time needed for it, too It's time for a very big change at Family Tree DNA, which is rolling out major changes in its website, its matching algorithms and more. And it's going to take time for the changes to all filter through. In other words, the rollout of new...

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One hundred years ago Monday

Not enough water under the bridge Monday will mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. And there is so much good that came from that event. Eight children. Thirteen grandchildren. Eleven great grandchildren -- so far. And there is so much on the other side of that...

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Snippets 2021 v.1

When time is short The Legal Genealogist loves institute season. Teaching at genealogical institutes is rewarding and challenging and exhilarating... and exhausting. And as we ramp up in this institute season, it leaves much less time for other things like writing...

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Revisiting the Robertsons

The DNA lines get more tangled... No, DNA doesn't lie. But it sure can confuse the issue. Case in point: The Legal Genealogist's Robertson great grandfather and his line. Jasper Carlton Robertson was born in April 1871 in Texas,[1. See Oklahoma State Board of Health,...

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About that reunion book…

Our duty to the living It's family reunion season -- apparently big time here in 2021, if The Legal Genealogist's email is any indicator. We've all been locked down for 18 months now, those of us with functioning brain cells are fully vaccinated if we can be and --...

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A Father’s Day whyne…

No help (yet?) from YDNA This Father's Day, The Legal Genealogist intends to whyne. No, that's not a misspelling. You see, the couple in this photo are my paternal great grandparents: my father's father's parents. On the left Emma Louisa Graumüller. On the right...

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Genealogy and Juneteenth

Celebrating freedom It's been cause for celebration since this day in 1865. June 19th. Juneteenth. The day on which the very last persons held in bondage in the Confederacy learned of their freedom. It began that day, 156 years ago, in Texas: On “Freedom’s Eve,” or...

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Case closed

Ancestry wins yearbook lawsuit A lawsuit claiming that Ancestry was causing legal injury by posting yearbook photos on its website and using them in advertising and promotional materials has been thrown out by a California federal court. The case, brought in late 2020...

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