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FCC vs. the people: we lost

Net neutrality repealed Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist wrote about the proposal before the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality. That’s the rule that says your internet provider and mine can’t charge us more for accessing, say, The...

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,...

Remembering Halifax

With Christmas trees and records It arrived in Boston in November — a 53-foot white spruce given to the city by the Campbell family of Cape Breton Island. Lit up on Boston Common last week, it was a gift to the people of the City of Boston from the people of...

Choosing number 33

Nominations sought for NGS Hall of Fame Thirty two times, the genealogical community has honored one of our best, one that we’ve lost. Thirty two times, the focus has been on someone who has made contributions to the field of genealogy that were of lasting...

Christmas in November?

Good news from FGS It really is like Christmas in November, as an announcement from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) gives the genealogical community something to be oh so thankful for here on this first day after the Thanksgiving holiday here in the...

The flight of time

Don’t delay in that research “Tempus fugit,” the Latin saying goes, whether we want it to or not. Time flies. And when it has flown its full course, all of us — The Legal Genealogist included — will suffer losses from which there may be no real...

The price of access

Logging in is on its way Like any good red-blooded American genealogist, The Legal Genealogist is a big fan of free. Free records! Free online services! Free! And nobody, but nobody, does free better than FamilySearch. The mega-database research website...

What our ancestors feared

The bounty laws of Tennessee What were our ancestors scared of? Or, put another way, what threatened them, their children, their livelihoods? It’s a story we don’t often tell in our genealogical research… but it’s one where the evidence can be...