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Forming consent

Forms to document consent The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will say it again… and again… and again… The hallmark of ethical genealogy is the utmost respect for the privacy of living people and the disclosure of information about living people only with...

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Best toy ever

Not exactly a holiday gift but... Fellow genealogist Jane E. Wilcox of New York posted a link to it this week on Facebook. It may be one of the best articles of all time -- the article entitled “The 5 Best Toys of All Time,” written back in 2011.[1. Jonathan H. Liu,...

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A little more time

Oppose the USCIS fee hikes The genealogical community has a little more time as it's mobilizing to fight the extraordinary fee increases proposed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency for its Genealogy Program and the records provided under it. As...

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2019 alphabet soup: T is for …

A reminder on terms of use The Legal Genealogist was privileged last night to participate in a discussion of the GEDmatch buyout by the forensic biotech firm Verogen. Part of the Wacky Wednesday series by DearMYRTLE, the discussion is now archived and can be reviewed...

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It’s about time…

Soon has finally arrived If memory serves, it was the RootsTech conference in 2013 when Brooke Schreier Ganz stood up in a FamilySearch question-and-answer session and asked the question the first time: “When will the FamilySearch Family Tree allow genealogists to...

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GEDmatch acquired by forensic firm

DNA database bought by genomics firm linked to law enforcement No, the calendar hasn't suddenly stopped -- or advanced. No, it's not Sunday, when DNA is the usual topic around The Legal Genealogist. It's just that there's major news on the GEDmatch front, and it ought...

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It’s official!

FHDU presenter The Legal Genealogist is beyond thrilled to be able to confirm it -- it's official now. I'll be returning to Australia in March 2021 to be one of the presenter team at Family History Down Under, a multi-day-multi-track event sponsored by Unlock the Past...

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Before we buy that kit…

Think about the ethical rules It's holiday sale time at the DNA companies, with price breaks on DNA testing kits already underway or soon to begin at most of the testing companies. And with the substantial dropoff in the rate of growth of DNA testing in the...

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When there’s no-one to ask

Who is that valentine Peggy? There is very little that frustrates a genealogist more than having a burning question ... and no-one to ask. The Legal Genealogist knows that feeling only too well. And got hit with it again last night. I was going through my baby box --...

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The records of freedom

Not from the proclamation It wasn't the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the enslaved population of the United States. Oh, that helped, for sure, but it was effective only in the states then in rebellion -- in other words, in the Confederacy. The exact language of...

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