2020 alphabet soup: C is for…

It’s not about being nice… You know what next week is, right? It’s RootsTech. One of the biggest genealogical block parties in the world. Thousands of people all converging on the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, and none of them — not one...

Dating history

When we get it wrong It is a stunning piece of American history. The first known written protest against slavery in what was to become the United States. Just about every website that reports on things that happened on this day, February 18th, in history will tell you...

A lesson in why…

Organizing our genealogy files is a good thing The Legal Genealogist’s files are a mess. I keep telling myself that I need to really go through and organize the records I have, record them properly and get them entered into the database. And I keep saying that...

A touch of color

Reasonably accurate too If you’ve ever wondered what that old black-and-white or sepia photo might look like professionally colorized, wonder no more. With a new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™, you can quickly and easily colorize any...

Lost no more

The story of one man’s fight for freedom There are stories being told again now, during February, Black History Month, that The Legal Genealogist has heard before. Stories about people like Harriet Tubman who escaped slavery and then helped other enslaved people...

About those spots…

The Find A Grave leopard hasn’t changed … Ancestry, what are you waiting for? It’s long past time to impose a permanent humane solution to the long-term, persistent, growing problem at Find A Grave: that people utterly unassociated with a...

Finding the hidden half

Join us at GRIP in June How many times have we struggled, mightily, to find even a single piece of information about a woman in our ancestry whose very identity is hidden in the records of her husband? How many times have we found ourselves, years later, discovering...

And another thing…

Musings on a February morning It’s February 2, 2020. Write it out numerically, and it’s a palindrome — it can be read just as well forwards or backwards. 02022020. That’s cool. But The Legal Genealogist notes that it’s not all that rare....

Level up

Genealogy at the next level Everyone who’s ever tried a hand at a video or computer game knows what it means to level up. To bring the skills already learned — usually the hard way — and move one step up the ladder. To face new tasks. To take on new...

The things you learn…

… a note to subscribers It appears that the service that The Legal Genealogist uses to send blog posts out electronically does something a bit odd when the word for electronic mail is used in the post and set off in parentheses. It converts it to the electronic...