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A vote for Georgia, NOW!

Records access support needed It’s been a never-ending battle for genealogists, the fight for access to information needed for research. And the latest skirmish is being fought out in Georgia, right now. In the last legislative session, which ended in 2020, the...

NARA and 1950

Census info available In case there’s a genealogist in the United States who’s been hiding under a rock for the last couple of years — and The Legal Genealogist agrees that there may very well have been good reason to have been doing just that...

About those SS-5s

How long does it take If there has been any silver lining whatsoever to the pandemic cloud these last 18 to 20 months, it’s been that a lot of government agencies, archives and other repositories have managed to get a lot more materials digitized and available...

Digitization done

Access from home, welllllll… It’s a big milestone for FamilySearch. A milestone it describes in its announcement today as one “83 years in the making.”1 “Today,” the blog post continues, “FamilySearch International announced the completion of a massive...

NARA invites comments

FY2022-26 Strategic Plan open for comments So… The Legal Genealogist just finished sitting in on the one-hour virtual Town Hall of the U.S. National Archives as its staff sought to explain and seek input on its strategic plan for the fiscal years 2022 through...

Connecticut opens OBCs

Adoptees to get original birth certificates In just a few weeks, on 1 July 2021, adult adoptees born in Connecticut will have the unrestricted right to get what everyone else takes for granted. A new law, signed into law on 7 June by Governor Ned Lamont, will give all...

Tiptoeing back to normal…

FHL to reopen No words needed from The Legal Genealogist. Let the FamilySearch announcement speak for itself: The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced it will begin a phased reopening starting 6 July 2021. The popular destination...

Buy some land!

Okay… buy and share some land records! What a week this has been! It’s the week of the 2021 Family History Conference of the National Genealogical Society — virtual, of course, and not the conference we all hoped for in Richmond this year. But NGS...