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Mapping San Diego

Revisiting county boundaries The Legal Genealogist is heading off to Carlsbad, California, tomorrow on the last long-distance road trip of the year, for a a day of fun with a return visit to the North San Diego County Genealogical Society and its 2019 Fall Seminar at...

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When quiet news shouldn’t be

Spreading the word It's tucked away on the website of the American Society of Genealogists. A quiet -- and quietly powerful -- group of genealogists who elect Fellows to their ranks of no more than 50 persons at a time, the ASG is, it says, “an independent society of...

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When it’s not online

That pesky GPS thing again There is one essential truism in genealogy that every single genealogist -- The Legal Genealogist included -- has encountered at one point or another to our dismay: It's not all online. As a matter of fact, it's estimated that what's...

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Fall 2019 DNA sales

Saving money on test kits Everybody loves a sale -- and genealogists particularly love sales on DNA kits. And the fall sale season is underway for DNA test kits just about everywhere. The sale that ends the soonest is the Halloween sale launched by MyHeritage DNA --...

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Inside the cloakroom

Memories of California It's a never-ending source of wonderment: how the human mind stores memories away in its deepest recesses, and trots them out when the right button is pushed. For The Legal Genealogist, that button gets pushed whenever travel ends in the Bay...

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In gold or silver coin

About those lawbooks... What exactly did Elizabeth Wright do for a living around 1867? You won't find the answer in the 1850 census, even though you can find her in the 1850 census of St. Louis, Missouri. She was recorded as 38 years old, born in Scotland, and the...

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Of leopards and spots…

Is Find A Grave ready to change? It's been a long-term, persistent, growing problem at Find A Grave: that people utterly unassociated with a recently-deceased person race the grieving family to be the first to create a memorial. The Legal Genealogist has added this...

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Mapping San Mateo

Just where would that ancestor have lived? So... an ancestor died in San Mateo County, California, on 1 January 1886. His obituary kindly informs us that he had lived in the same house for exactly 40 years, having moved in on 1 January 1846. Here's the question: where...

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And the device is…

An inkwell So... yesterday The Legal Genealogist challenged readers to answer a question beyond this writer's ken. What in the world was this item? Reader Janet Hall Werner of Virginia was trying to figure it out, and I had no clue. But readers had some ideas. Some...

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And this device is…?

Collective wisdom needed The Legal Genealogist loves reader questions. And when they focus on obscure and arcane elements of the law, I can usually manage to come up with an answer. When they focus on obscure and arcane devices, well... I often don't have a clue....

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