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...

From the Roots of a Tree: 2020

The genealogy of a national hero This year — on the 15th of January, 2020 — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 91 years old. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old enough to remember know only too well that he died...

Note to self: get organized!

The Genealogy Guys point the way Those who know The Legal Genealogist in real life, rather than virtually, know better than to use the word “organized” anywhere in the vicinity. Just because I manage to meet the deadlines and not miss the plane does not make me...

Mixed emotions

The informational legacy of modern times The Legal Genealogist has often joined with others in lamenting the dearth of personal writings and personal memorabilia that we in modern times are leaving as our legacy for the future. As genealogists, we have the great good...

Looking ahead: 2020

Speaking out in 2020 The Legal Genealogist continues to be quite certain that it will come as a great surprise to everyone out there. No-one before this moment would never ever have guessed that … well … I like to talk about genealogy. I know, I know. Such...