Year 18… never forget…

18 years later… Robert Grant Norton was born in Lubec, Maine. A Navy veteran of World War 2, he and his second wife were on their way to California for her son’s wedding. He never made it. The 85-year-old’s life was cut short, eighteen years ago...

NGS and FGS to merge

One organization in 2020, one national conference in 2021 In a surprise announcement at the opening session of the 2019 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Washington D.C. yesterday came the news that the two national-scope genealogical groups of the...

Thanks to the FHL, 2019 style

… and you can join in Every year, around the time of its Board of Trustees meeting in Salt Lake City in the fall, the Board for Certification of Genealogists does something special. It says “thank you” to the Family History Library and its staff for everything they do...

An open letter

A descendant’s thanks To the members of the Abandoned Cemetery Association of Parker County, Texas: Ladies and gentlemen, The Legal Genealogist doffs her hat to you. And offers you a family’s thanks in general — and this descendant’s thanks in...

A modest proposal

A 90-day moratorium at Find A Grave It happens over and over and over. A grieving family struggles to cope with a loved one’s death. There are so many arrangements to make, so many people to be notified, so many things that have to be handled. At some point in...

Wayback it!

Archive those pages A friend and genealogical colleague was lamenting this week that information he curated and contributed to one of the genealogical wikis had disappeared in the course of later edits. The problem now appears to be curable and folks are trying to...

SLIG 2020 registration opens Saturday

Get ready for genealogy’s winter camp If you’re one of those whose schedules won’t allow you to attend any of the “summer camps for genealogists” — the week-long institutes in June and July offered by the Institute of Genealogy and Historical...

July 4, 2019

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the...

And then in 1843…

Things falling from the sky Many genealogists — The Legal Genealogist among them — have been commenting with wonder about the weather lately. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and things falling from the sky, like torrential rain and even the hail that left feet...