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Free webinar: DNA ethics

All day Monday Note: this was supposed to post yesterday. Apologies for the late notice! Legacy Family Tree Webinars is continuing its one-free-webinar-a-day program through the month of May and tomorrow, Monday, May 18th (sigh: today, now, Monday, May 18th), the...

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The butterfly effect

A death in 1793 It's called the butterfly effect. It's the notion that events are connected in a profound and unpredictable manner, and that small changes at the start can lead to vastly different outcomes. So, for example, as small an act as a butterfly flapping its...

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NGS 2020 Live! Deadline

Registration closes May 15 Time is running to join the fun online with NGS 2020 Live!, the virtual conference of the National Genealogical Society for 2020. Registration for the livestreamed event closes Friday, May 15, and this is an event you don't want to miss....

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Happy mtDNA Day 2020!

Mother’s Day 2020 Every last one of the people in this photo shares mitochondrial DNA with The Legal Genealogist: Front row (L-R): my aunt Cladyne; my mother Hazel, called Totsy; my grandmother, called Mama Clay; my aunt Carol; my aunt Marianne; and my aunt Trisha....

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Empty chairs

...at the Mother's Day table It's only fitting, this Saturday before Mother's Day, to focus on one of the women in The Legal Genealogist's family. And to wonder how anyone survives giving birth to -- we think -- eight children ... and burying five of them as infants....

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Going to summer school

GRIP opens new seats The Legal Genealogist offers apologies in advance to friend, colleague and mentor Thomas W. Jones. I am the student who sits in the back and whines, “Why do we have to do that???” And while I hope not to be whining that much, I will certainly be...

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More on copyright and old letters

... and a great reader question It makes for a lovely start to The Legal Genealogist's day when a reader's copyright question focuses on one issue: “What are my responsibilities?” In this case, it's an easy question to answer... and there's an easy reference source...

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A tip on TiP

Understanding genetic distances One of the joys of using DNA as a tool for genealogy is having multiple tests available to see relationships in different ways. One of the downsides of using DNA as a tool for genealogy is having multiple tests available to see...

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And the view…

... from today's office window ... On Facebook, The Legal Genealogist tries to post a daily image to capture the view from today's office window. In ordinary times, it's likely to be a scene from a busy airport. In recent days, it's been things like raindrops or...

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More virtual education: MAAGI and NGS

Classes and conference move online Two more major options for genealogical education -- one institute and one conference -- have opted to go virtual for 2020. The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), scheduled for Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in July, and the...

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