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The courage of their convictions

The Genealogy Guys take a stand George Morgan and Drew Smith are The Genealogy Guys — educators, writers, speakers, and producers of the popular podcast by the same name. They have long been counted among The Legal Genealogist’s friends. And never have I...

Ancestry, this one’s on you

Show your corporate ethics, do the right thing The Legal Genealogist has run out of words. I could give you the list from the thesaurus: aghast, appalled, confounded, disgusted, dismayed, horror-struck, nauseated, repelled, repulsed, revolted, scandalized, shocked....

The dos and don’ts of DNA

Which services do and don’t allow police access So the multi-day multi-session multi-national megaconference RootsTech drew to a close yesterday afternoon (US eastern time), leaving many of us panting with the sprint to the finish. The Legal Genealogist was...

Reprise: TNSTAAFL

Genealogically speaking… The Legal Genealogist can usually get through 18 months to two years before the issue heats up to boiling again. But it’s boiling over in some online discussion groups so … once more into the breach… You know what the...

Change at Find A Grave

Not perfect, but it’s a start Find A Grave yesterday announced a new system for the posting of memorials for the “recently deceased” (defined as anyone who has died within the past year) in an effort to give the families some greater opportunity than they have...

About that reunion book…

Our duty to the living It’s family reunion season — apparently big time here in 2021, if The Legal Genealogist’s email is any indicator. We’ve all been locked down for 18 months now, those of us with functioning brain cells are fully vaccinated...

DNA Day 2021

And a new law on forensic DNA Today, April 25, is National DNA Day here in the United States. It’s a day to celebrate “the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953,”1 credited to Cambridge...

Now more than ever

A waiting period, please… It absolutely breaks The Legal Genealogist’s heart. Of all the aspects of this bitter pandemic, the one that hurts the most is the inability to properly grieve those we are losing. We cannot be with them at the end to hold their...

TNSTAAFL

Genealogically speaking… It’s a subject that keeps coming up, over and over, throughout the genealogical community. It’s one that The Legal Genealogist has addressed, more than once, in the past.1 It starts with someone posting an inquiry somewhere...

Giving it away

The law and ethics of donating family materials Two reader questions have just hit The Legal Genealogist’s emailbox presenting opposite sides of the issue when it comes to donating family materials and photos to libraries, archives or other repositories. Reader...