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Not so fast!

Read those terms before you click It's been a few months since The Legal Genealogist focused on terms of use, or terms of service, which means a whole host of user questions have come in with the usual plaint. “But nobody told me that!” Sigh. Yes. They really did. And...

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Cautious good news

About that USCIS fee hike It's called EO 14012. EO for Executive Order. Signed on 2 February 2021. Published on 5 February 2021. With an official citation of 86 FR 8277 and the fancy title: “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening...

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Persistence and the dates

Keep checking back One of The Legal Genealogist's favorite ancestors is Isabella (Gentry) Robertson. A favorite because she's such a challenge -- married before the 1850 census and without a single surviving vital record (no birth, marriage or death record at all) --...

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A matter of genearosity

No, that's not a mistake A matter of genearosity, huh? The Legal Genealogist assures you, that's not a typo. It's not misspelled. It's the title of a new quarterly webinar series offered by the Virtual Genealogical Association, and it's one I'm delighted to be the...

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NGS 2021 goes virtual

Richmond conference pivots to online The National Genealogical Society announced yesterday that its May 2021 conference will be all-virtual, including five days of live events and presentations and a wide variety of on-demand talks. The...

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On beyond great and grand

More on the great versus grand issue Nearly six years ago, The Legal Genealogist definitively resolved the question of whether the child of a niece of nephew would be a grandniece or grandnephew or a great niece or great nephew. Definitively. Snort. Because the...

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Finding Margaret’s mother: the end

And, of course, the beginning... It began as one of The Legal Genealogist's earliest DNA-can-help-with-this mysteries. The post ran on the first of July 2012 -- that's eight-and-a-half years ago -- and I was “Looking for an Alabama relative”: someone willing to take a...

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Falling off the edge

Figuratively speaking The Legal Genealogist has not fallen off the edge of the world. Well... Maybe... In a way... Figuratively speaking, anyway. January is SLIG season. For those who aren't familiar with the acronym, it stands for Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. A...

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Chalk and cheese

And reasons for loving libraries Nothing about the divorce has ever surprised The Legal Genealogist. My parents -- who were married 73 years ago tomorrow -- were as different as chalk and cheese. He was formal German immigrant. She was folksy U.S. southern -- of the...

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From the Roots of a Tree: 2021

The genealogy of a national hero This year, perhaps more than ever, we need to remember. This year -- on the 15th of January, 2021 -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 92 years old. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old...

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