RIP Irene Triplett

Last Civil War-era pensioner dies in North Carolina It’s the end of an era. It has been 155 years since Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. A century and a half since the guns fell silent in that bloodiest war on...

Nothing to say

Nothing that can be said This space has been dark almost all week. The Legal Genealogist has nothing to say that can be said. There are more than 102,800 men, women and children dead in America from COVID-19 — almost a third of the 365,500 deaths in the world to...

Memorial Day 2020

Honoring those who gave their all Today is Memorial Day here in the United States — the official holiday on which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It’s time set aside for us all — The Legal Genealogist included — to...

NGS 2020 Live! Deadline

Registration closes May 15 Time is running to join the fun online with NGS 2020 Live!, the virtual conference of the National Genealogical Society for 2020. Registration for the livestreamed event closes Friday, May 15, and this is an event you don’t want to...

Going to summer school

GRIP opens new seats The Legal Genealogist offers apologies in advance to friend, colleague and mentor Thomas W. Jones. I am the student who sits in the back and whines, “Why do we have to do that???” And while I hope not to be whining that much, I will certainly be...

And the view…

… from today’s office window … On Facebook, The Legal Genealogist tries to post a daily image to capture the view from today’s office window. In ordinary times, it’s likely to be a scene from a busy airport. In recent days, it’s...

More virtual education: MAAGI and NGS

Classes and conference move online Two more major options for genealogical education — one institute and one conference — have opted to go virtual for 2020. The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), scheduled for Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in...

And that’s okay, too…

Getting by in 2020 There will be no Great American Novel from The Legal Genealogist’s pen — or keyboard — in 2020. The stay-at-home time caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will not result in a creative burst. No new garden planted. No quilting or sewing...

GRIP goes virtual

2020 institute courses move online A second major genealogical institute has moved its 2020 summer courses into the ether in light of the challenges posed by the current pandemic. The Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh informed its 440 students last night of the...

Earth Day 2020

Reflections on the 50th anniversary Today is Earth Day 2020. The 50th time people have paused to mark the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin), joined by Representative Paul...