Veteran’s Day 2019

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 — one hundred and one years ago today — the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, the survivors...

When quiet news shouldn’t be

Spreading the word It’s tucked away on the website of the American Society of Genealogists. A quiet — and quietly powerful — group of genealogists who elect Fellows to their ranks of no more than 50 persons at a time, the ASG is, it says, “an...

Of leopards and spots…

Is Find A Grave ready to change? It’s been a long-term, persistent, growing problem at Find A Grave: that people utterly unassociated with a recently-deceased person race the grieving family to be the first to create a memorial. The Legal Genealogist has added...

And the device is…

An inkwell So… yesterday The Legal Genealogist challenged readers to answer a question beyond this writer’s ken. What in the world was this item? Reader Janet Hall Werner of Virginia was trying to figure it out, and I had no clue. But readers had some...

And this device is…?

Collective wisdom needed The Legal Genealogist loves reader questions. And when they focus on obscure and arcane elements of the law, I can usually manage to come up with an answer. When they focus on obscure and arcane devices, well… I often don’t have a...

Hey, Find A Grave…

… it really is time to take action It was two months ago that The Legal Genealogist added this space’s voice to that of others calling for a moratorium on non-family-members posting memorials for the recently-deceased on Find A Grave for at least some time...

Baker serendipity

It strikes again! The Legal Genealogist often uses one particular branch of the family as examples in lectures: the Bakers of Virginia-North Carolina-Texas. This is on my maternal grandfather’s side: we descend from David Baker (1749 VA – 1838 NC), through...

One month from today

The fair is coming to town Just about all of us — The Legal Genealogist included — remember the excitement when, as children, we heard that the fair was coming to town. We may be a bit older now, a bit longer in the tooth, but that same excitement still...

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...