Fifty years of Jamboree

One more day for pre-registration pricing The deadline is tomorrow, May 22, 2019. That’s it for pre-registration pricing for what probably wins the title as the most-fun-genealogical-conference-around. It’s the Southern California Genealogical Society...

Rest in peace, dear friend

Oh, to be in Delaware… There are times, like today, when The Legal Genealogist looks forward to a destination just like a little kid getting ready for a trip to Disney World. I’ve never been to the Wisconsin Historical Society, and today I will fix that...

And the letter L today is for…

A major loss The alphabet soup series here at The Legal Genealogist generally focuses on oddball terms that appear in legal documents and are often misunderstood by genealogists. But today’s entry, for the letter L, has to be a little different. It could be for...

Learning from the past

Preach it, Lara… On the second of March 1900, the Mullens family of Berk Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia, lost two little girls. Martha Mullens was six years old. Her sister Myrtle was just 20 months old.1 Lawrence Jennings Bird of Welford, West, Virginia,...

Collecting the resources

Collections at HathiTrust The Legal Genealogist is somewhat shamefaced today. An imprecise use of the terms for record sets at the online digitized service HathiTrust Digital Library in a blog post earlier this week left a reader frustrated. I was focusing on some...

Spreading genealogy’s wings

On the local level Like most Americans of a certain age, the day came when The Legal Genealogist got that letter in the mail. You know the one. The one that welcomed us all into the fraternity of the elders known for short as AARP. The American Associated of Retired...

Weeping for Our Lady

Mourning the damage to an historic icon Paris, we all weep with you today. Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Weeping for Our Lady,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 16 Apr...

Restoring the ancestors

Restoring the names Of all of the lasting — and devastating — effects of slavery in the United States, perhaps the worst from a genealogical perspective is severing generations of people from each other. Taking people away from their families. Taking even...

A question for today

NPR says it all Five years ago today, National Public Radio asked exactly the right question, one that is still a critical question in our country — indeed in the world — today. In a particularly timely post, it asked: Why Doesn’t America Read...

Spring not sprung

Not enough yet at any rate So The Legal Genealogist was in Alabama just a few days ago. Spring had arrived. And then I went to Texas. Spring had arrived. Now I’m home in New Jersey. Where tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring. It’s not here yet....