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In this centennial year

... records of women at work We all know -- or we should -- that 2020 is the centennial year for women's suffrage here in the United States. So what better to work on and highlight on Labor Day 2020 than some terrific options for researching our women ancestors on the...

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Eye of newt, and toe of frog

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,-- For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”      --Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15) There...

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Oh, to be …

... en route to family history Warning: The Legal Genealogist is whining. On an ordinary day, I'm managing the discombobulation of this pandemic reasonably well. I'm Zooming along with family, friends and colleagues. My housemate, Clancy, has fangs and fur and as long...

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Not quite ready…

Ancestry's StoryScout needs some work Of course, The Legal Genealogist couldn't resist. Send me an email telling me about a new Bright Shiny Object, and I'm there. So when yesterday's email came in from Ancestry inviting me to go play with its new tool, StoryScout...

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William’s whereabouts

Yet another family history mystery Today, August 29, is the 164th anniversary of the birth of Nancy Arminta (Robertson) Parish. She was, as far as The Legal Genealogist can tell, the fifth-born child and second daughter of Gustavus Boone and Isabella (Gentry)...

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More on dower

Some nuances this time In The Legal Genealogist's experience, it never fails. Answer one reader question with basic information, and the “well, what about...” questions come rolling in. You'd think I'd have learned by now to add in some of the nuances up front, but...

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Tarheel dower

Researching dower in North Carolina Reader Marcia is puzzled. “I have been doing family history in North Carolina and dealing with Dower and other goodies,” she writes. “When she got the land as a dower right did the widow own it outright?” Great question, because a...

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Rescuing history

Saving some of the records It may be one of the most important rescues in the history of the United States. The rescue of its history itself. A rescue that became critically, vitally, important, 206 years ago today. Because it was 206 years ago today that British...

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They never gave up

Those women 100 years ago They never gave up. Those women of our families 100 years ago refused to take no for an answer. They fought for us... and for a right way too many of us take for granted today. Think about it. Think of the issue in terms of the people who...

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Doing as he was told

Thank you, Phoebe King Ensminger Burn It was 100 years ago today that Harry T. Burn did what he was told. He listened to his mama. And the result of doing that simple thing was historic in every sense of that word. It was precisely 100 years ago today that Harry T....

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