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GEDmatch security breach

Without further comment... From the GEDmatch.com Facebook page: Text of the above image: “On the morning of July 19, GEDmatch experienced a security breach orchestrated through a sophisticated attack on one of our servers via an existing user account. We became aware...

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Chilling with AncestryDNA

Yes, The Legal Genealogist is aware of the upcoming change at AncestryDNA to eliminate the smallest of our small-segment matches. Yes, I'm aware this will mean potentially thousands of matches not showing up any more. And I have some advice about this: Chill. Let me...

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Those local values

Still love that mouse! Just a couple of days ago, a Facebook post asked if genealogists belonged to local genealogical societies any more. The Legal Genealogist sure does. Local societies support records access and preservation efforts in just about all of the areas...

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Copyrighting that photo

Not just a matter of owning the thing A reader has a great copyright question: “How about a very old photo, from about 1908, that was never published as far as I know, and does not include any info about who the photographer was or who the subjects (several men) were....

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Finding sisters

Tests and ethics Reader Andrea and her sister have discovered that their father left at least one other daughter by another relationship. They'd like to know for sure, and wonder what test they should take and what ethical considerations they might want to review in...

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The child who never was

Another cousin lost and found It is more the norm than the exception for The Legal Genealogist. Whenever I turn my attention to my father's German side of the family tree, the discoveries I make are those of loss. My father was himself the only surviving child of my...

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Maybe in our genes???

A genetic link to a virus susceptibility? Oy. Just what we needed. If the facts about COVID-19 weren't bad enough, we now discover some of the risk factors may be in our genes. Yes, indeedy, if you've taken a DNA test for genealogy, you too may be able to find out if...

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July 4, 2020

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the...

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Going the course

With wonderful workshops You remember that conference we were all going to attend last month? Yeah, that conference. The National Genealogical Society conference. In Salt Lake City, where one of the draws on top of a national conference is the Family History Library....

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Documenting our own

Looking closer at our families It's something The Legal Genealogist is so so so guilty of doing. I look at people who are closest in my family, people like -- say -- my mother's siblings. And I say to myself, “Oh, I know all about those folks...” Except when I don't....

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