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Not soup in 2021 either

About those new percentages... Repeat after The Legal Genealogist: they're just estimates. Say it again: they're just estimates. One more time: they're just estimates. Yes, I got my new estimated admixture estimates from Ancestry on Friday.. Yes, I think they're...

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Happy Constitution Day!

On 17 September 1787... They are words for the ages. They begin: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the...

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That lie under oath…

Perjury... or false swearing? A lie under oath is a lie under oath. But that doesn't mean all lies under oath are equal in the eyes of the law. The issue came up for The Legal Genealogist in a pair of reported court cases. One is kind of an oddball case, out of New...

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Year 20… never forget…

20 years later For 20 years, it has sat close at hand. It's not much to look at. An old plastic film canister, the kind that 35mm film used to come in, back in the day. Film of the kind I had in my pocket that day in September 2011 when my friend Toni asked me not to...

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The 31st state

Recording California The Preamble was short and sweet: Whereas the people of California have presented a constitution and asked admission into the Union, which constitution was submitted to Congress by the President of the United States, by message dated February...

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Labor Day 2021

First Monday in September No matter how fast or slow any particular summer seems to be, it always seems to catch The Legal Genealogist by surprise. It's the first Monday in September. Here in the United States, today is the first holiday of the fall: Be it enacted by...

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Don’t poison that tree

About those small segments... For years, The Genetic Genealogist Blaine T. Bettinger has been warning about the dangers of relying on small shared DNA segments -- those chunks of seemingly shared DNA that come in at 5-6-7cM or thereabouts -- to draw genealogical...

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North of the line

Recording the enslaved in the North The year was 1782, the place Windsor County, Vermont. And an eight-year-old boy named Anthony faced a fearful fate. Eight years old. Enslaved. And sold away from his parents. Yes, The Legal Genealogist hastens to note, slavery north...

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Those interrogatories…

Standard Southern Claims Commission questions Any researcher who works with Southern Claims Commission files knows the occasional frustration of seeing a detailed report setting out the claimant's answers to what are obviously very specific questions... without having...

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Reconsidering that match

What's our tree completeness? It happens all the time. We identify a batch of autosomal DNA matches all in the roughly 15-20 centimorgan (cM) range ... and they all have the same couple in their tree. Oh boy!! Our most recent common ancestors (MRCA)!!! Um... not so...

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