Perseverance paying off

Vital records officers changing gears There is no evidence that closing vital records for long time periods prevents identity theft. The Legal Genealogist knows that. You know that. And now, for the first time, the people in charge of vital records are beginning to...

Restoring the ancestors, round 2

A new indexing opportunity It was a joy for The Legal Genealogist to join the initiative launched earlier this year by the Center for Family History at the International African American Museum, FamilySearch and BlackProGen Live called Restore the Ancestors 2019, “a...

Reading the law again

New access to case reporters Some time ago, The Legal Genealogist was over the moon at the very thought of having free online access to the case reporters held by the Harvard Law School Library. It was nearly four years ago that Harvard announced that it had partnered...

Ancestry and Arolsen

Digitization brings Holocaust-era records online Wolf and Moses Arm were Polish citizens when they sailed to the United States as displaced persons aboard the SS Marine Perch in August of 1946. Wolf was 16. Moses was 6. There weren’t any adults with that surname...

Welcome, Number 10!

New York legislature passes adoptee OBC bill As the hours and even minutes ticked down to the adjournment of the New York legislature’s 2019 session, adoptees and genealogists held their breath. Would it happen, in a state not known for its generosity of vital...

Speak out for NY adoptees

Call to action for NY original birth certificate bill Particularly today, Father’s Day, as we all celebrate one-half of our parentage, The Legal Genealogist cannot begin to fully understand what it is like not to know the essential facts of one’s own...

Thanks to the record-keepers

A rousing cheer for librarians and archivists When was the last time a librarian really helped you get the answer you needed? When that one piece of paper, carefully and lovingly preserved in the vertical files that that librarian had fought hard to keep in that...

And another thing…

NARA records gone digital The military and related records that have been the focus of much of the discussion this week on The Legal Genealogist are, for the most part, records that you’ll find at the National Archives of the United States, or NARA for short....