Select Page

The ethics of criticism

Being nice versus being right The genealogical community is a small one, as communities go. And, as with any small pond, something that makes waves is going to attract a lot more attention in our community than, say, even the largest-ever-built ocean liner would make...

RootsTech party

The party after the party RootsTech is a party for genealogists. Seriously. It’s going to be at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 8-11, 2017, and it has more than 200 breakout sessions for all levels of experience so that the biggest...

From the Roots of a Tree

The genealogy of a national hero Yesterday — January 15, 2017 — would have been the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old enough to remember know only too well that he died 4 April...

Suggestion: opt out now

For privacy, this site’s not a good idea There’s a genealogy website out there called FamilyTreeNow that sounds really great. Its homepage says it has “one of the largest collections of genealogy records anywhere, and they’re all 100% free to...

Registering the future

MAAGI and Texas classes now open Tell the truth. You’ve been sitting there reading all the comments from genealogists getting their snow gear ready to head out to Salt Lake City in less than two weeks for the week-long winter-camp-for-genealogists known as the...

Processing the borders

Service of process limits So last week The Legal Genealogist tackled the question of service of process — the notion that somebody has to be given a copy of the documents that require an appearance in court. Process, in this regard, is the legal term for the...

The lights go on

New Jersey unseals OBCs Yesterday was the first official work day of 2017. And the first day of a Brave New World for adoptees and their birth parents in the State of New Jersey. Because yesterday, the first official work day of 2017, was the first official day on...

Rules of my road: 2017

Not legal advice! So many reader questions come in that are beyond what The Legal Genealogist can answer in this blog, because they’re asking for legal advice. Um… that’s not what this blog is all about. Not what this blog can do. It’s...

Looking ahead: 2017

Speaking out in 2017 The Legal Genealogist is quite certain that it will come as a great surprise to everyone out there. You would never ever have guessed that … well … I like to talk about genealogy. I know, I know. Such a shocking revelation.1...