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Another chance to be heard

Another chance to speak out against USCIS fee hike! If you’re sitting there feeling a little guilty that you were so busy in December that you missed the deadline for commenting on the truly outrageous fee increases proposed for genealogical records by the U.S....

One week left

Speak out against USCIS fee hike! Today, December 23, there is just one week to go. One week to speak out. One week to say that a public agency raising fees for public records well beyond the reach of any average citizen is just not acceptable. One week to join The...

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....

Records, not revenue

Opposing the fee hike Nobody with a functioning brain expects genealogy to be free. Yeah, yeah, The Legal Genealogist knows there are those who think it should be free — that having to buy copies of birth, marriage and death certificates and court documents and...

Going, going…

… Gone to Kansas City Researching federal court records has always been a bit of a problem. First, of course, a researcher like The Legal Genealogist needed to know what record group the National Archives of the United States had assigned the specific type of...

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...