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Of Easters past

And favorite images Painted eggs and chocolate bunnies. Easter baskets that rarely survived more than a single season. And the hope that sprang eternal in the breast of The Legal Genealogist's mother that -- this year at least!! -- all the kids would be healthy enough...

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Ancestry launches SideView

Parents' admixture without parents tested NOTE as of noon EDT: The Ancestry press release says "Ethnicity inheritance, powered by SideView™ technology, is available now for all AncestryDNA customers." Um... from what's being said everywhere online, apparently...

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One down…

... three to go It was one of The Legal Genealogist's goals for 2022: to identify the nearest as-yet-unidentified autosomal DNA match at each of the major testing companies. Including -- at MyHeritage DNA -- “match JS, a predicted 3rd – 4th cousin with whom I share...

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The stories in the census

Some true... and some not Geophysics professor, says the occupation entry on line 8. It's there on the sheet for the enumeration of the United States census in Golden, Colorado, where The Legal Genealogist's parents are recorded. Chemistry professor for the entry on...

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Coming up: April-May

Upcoming presentations Yes, this schedule should have been posted last Friday. That was, after all, the first of the month. The Legal Genealogist has a really good excuse, of course. Something called the 1950 census. But still ... I do want to invite you along, to the...

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Who took the tally?

Noting the census takers It's right there in the best practices of the field of genealogy. The guidance that so many of us overlook, especially when we're starting out. But it's stated clearly, in Standard 40 of Genealogy Standards, focusing on mining the evidence...

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Kwitcherbitchin

Patience, grasshopper... patience!! No, it isn't fully indexed. No, it isn't searchable in every field. No, the descriptions of the enumeration districts aren't down to the street level in every case.[1. Those down-to-the-street-level descriptions may well be...

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A decade more

Potential testers in those entries Some said it before the 1950 census was released on Friday. And some others said it after the 1950 census was released on Friday. And The Legal Genealogist doesn't understand how they could have said it. How can anyone truly...

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Time travel with NARA

1950 census site is no joke The Legal Genealogist freely admits it. I was a skeptic. I really truly didn't expect the 1950 census release by the U.S. National Archives (NARA) to go smoothly. In fact, at 10:22 p.m. EDT yesterday, I posted a snarky “let's take bets. How...

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When the law is wrong

Official typos It's right there, in one of the most important laws ever passed by the early Virginia state legislature. Just nine years after the Fifth Virginia Convention proclaimed that Virginia was a free and independent state,[1. See Gabriel Neville, “Virginia...

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