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....

Chasing the SS-5

Issues with that Social Security form It’s one of the most useful documents there can be from a genealogical perspective –- and often one of the most frustrating to obtain. It’s the SS-5, the application for a Social Security number that many of our more...

NY’s black hole gets blacker

Five thousand voices unheard New York has always been the Black Hole of northeastern genealogy in the United States. Between records that were never created in the first place and records that have been lost over the years, research in New York can be a challenge and...

Starting tomorrow…

Sign in on FamilySearch Tomorrow. Wednesday, December 13, 2017. That’s the day when access to FamilySearch is going to change. Up until tomorrow, users who aren’t signed in have been able to see some records, some indexes and more. Tomorrow, Wednesday,...