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...

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...