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...

Last call: IGHR class openings

One last chance for summer camp for genealogists For some, it’s an absolute tragedy. For you, however, it could be that unexpected opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Because some people had life issues come up and, yesterday, sighed deeply and —...

Welcome, Number 10!

New York legislature passes adoptee OBC bill As the hours and even minutes ticked down to the adjournment of the New York legislature’s 2019 session, adoptees and genealogists held their breath. Would it happen, in a state not known for its generosity of vital...

The legal power of genealogy

Revealed by a Washington document It’s a wonderful article, despite its persistent misspelling of the word “genealogy.” Written by Karin Wulf and posted at Smithsonian.com just this morning, the article proclaims: “This Long-Ignored Document, Written by George...

Memorial Day, 2019

Remembering the fallen It is Memorial Day here in the United States — the official holiday and the end of the three-day weekend during which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It was added to the federal holiday calendar in 1888 as...

That other DNA

Something else the letters stand for Everyone who reads The Legal Genealogist on a regular basis knows what DNA stands for. It’s deoxyribonucleic acid. One of two types of molecules that encode genetic information.1 But from now on, around here and everywhere...