GRIP goes virtual

2020 institute courses move online A second major genealogical institute has moved its 2020 summer courses into the ether in light of the challenges posed by the current pandemic. The Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh informed its 440 students last night of the...

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Yet another anniversary

How can it be 21 years already? It was exactly 21 years ago today. The phone rang at 5 a.m. to pass along the news. Hazel Irene (Cottrell) Geissler -- known to the family as Totsy -- was gone. The Legal Genealogist's mother. It wasn't unexpected. She'd been battling...

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Earth Day 2020

Reflections on the 50th anniversary Today is Earth Day 2020. The 50th time people have paused to mark the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin), joined by Representative Paul "Pete"...

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DNA on sale 2020

For DNA Day and more It's that time of year again, when folks in the DNA testing community look towards National DNA Day -- celebrating two of the most important milestones in the history of human genomic research. April 25 -- next Saturday -- is the celebration of...

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Putting a face to the name

With help from a cousin He was for so long a name without a face. Dying young -- at only 41 years old -- he left behind four children, the oldest of whom was not even 14 at the time. And because of various moves and financial squeezes and more, there were no...

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IGHR goes virtual!

We'll be online in 2020 Fact: Genealogists as a whole are members of a high-risk demographic for this dratted virus. The Legal Genealogist doesn't feel elderly, not one bit, but the number of times the calendar has turned puts me in that high risk group. Fact: Georgia...

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So before we leave Oxfordshire…

... more on that gorgeous church The Legal Genealogist has to hand it to Nikhilesh Haval. Not only does he take gorgeous 360-degree photos of churches and turn one of them into a virtual Easter Egg hunt that kept us all entertained on Sunday,[1. Judy G. Russell,...

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Of dragons and eggs…

So where was that dratted egg anyway? The Legal Genealogist had a lot of fun with yesterday's virtual egg hunt at St. Mary the Virgin Church, in Freeland, Oxfordshire, England -- and, from the comments, readers did, too! First, the background to yesterday's post.[1....

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Easter in interesting times

An Easter Egg hunt for you There is an old curse: “May you live in interesting times.” The Legal Genealogist is confident we're doing just that, right now. So where, in other years, the Presbyterian church across the street would be filled to the rafters with folks...

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A sibling loved… and lost

128 years ago today Yesterday, we are told, was National Siblings Day. Not a formal official holiday in any sense, but a day when we can all celebrate our siblings. A day The Legal Genealogist always has fun with ... with seven siblings, I can be mad at half of them...

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