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What the future will know

The 2020 census The Legal Genealogist has been among the many many United States citizens who began receiving the envelopes from the U.S. Census Bureau. “This is your invitation to respond to the 2020 Census,” it begins. And there's no chance we won't all respond...

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The whatever birthday

94, 95, whatever She came into this world 94 years ago today. Or maybe it was 95 years ago today. There was, you see, a major dispute over that simple fact. There is no question but that she was the fifth-born child of Clay and Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, The Legal...

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Expanding horizons

From isolation to broad vistas Feeling cramped? Confined? Isolated? There's no need for that, y'know. The Legal Genealogist sure hasn't been narrowing down. Instead, I've been expanding my horizons every single day, while still easily maintaining the social distancing...

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Seriously, Copyright Office?

A fee hike... now... The email came in just yesterday: “Special Announcement about Fee Changes,” it said. “Effective March 20, the Copyright Office is changing fees for copyright registration and other services.”[1. Email, “Fee Changes Effective March 20,”...

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Being thankful

For all we do have Like the rest of the world, The Legal Genealogist has been caught up in the news the past days with a sinking heart. These surely are the “interesting times” of that old curse “May you live in interesting times.” And yet things could be so much...

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Opportunity knocking

Time on our hands It's a strange -- even eerie -- feeling to be waking up without deadlines. No handouts that urgently need to be finished and sent. No PowerPoints to fine tune. No airports to head towards for this week's trip to or from a genealogy conference. All of...

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Because of what today is

The Legal Genealogist is staying home Those who follow this writer and this blog, and are Facebook friends, know the view from today's office window. On any given Friday in the conference season that begins each spring, it's almost always a photo of an airport,...

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Going global

Well, no, actually, they're not different “Surely,” the comment writer insisted, after reading yesterday's blog post about copyright protection of photographs even without copyright notices, “US copyright laws are only relevant in USA. Does any of this apply in Europe...

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And the difference is…

Copyright pop quiz What's the difference between the following two photographs? Here's the first one: And here's the second: Of course, all you eagle-eyed researchers noted the fact that there isn't any copyright notice on the first one and there is one plainly...

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Those boring cases

Another look at admiralty law The judicial power of the United States, according to Article III of the United States Constitution, shall extend "to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or...

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