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Just do it The Legal Genealogist doesn’t care what your affiliation is. Or even who you’re rooting for in the baseball playoffs — even though my team is playing. I just want us all to make it through this pandemic and come out the other side healthy...

RIP RBG

The loss of a legal champion From a Rutgers Law alum to a Rutgers Law prof, thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of the rule of law. To quote Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court...

Year 19… never forget…

19 years later… There was a moment when it appeared that it wouldn’t happen. That, for the first time in all these years, the lights wouldn’t shine. In mid-August, it sure looked like the COVID-19 crisis would cancel the Tribute of Lights: the twin...

Not quite ready…

Ancestry’s StoryScout needs some work Of course, The Legal Genealogist couldn’t resist. Send me an email telling me about a new Bright Shiny Object, and I’m there. So when yesterday’s email came in from Ancestry inviting me to go play with its...

FGS early bird prices ending

Register now!! If you want your best deal for the 2020 virtual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), you need to act now. It’s a you-snooze-you-lose deal, since early bird pricing for this last-ever conference of this soon-to-be-merged...

Sobering statistics

The numbers continue to rise It will be no surprise to long-time readers of The Legal Genealogist that there have been far fewer posts to this blog in recent weeks. Numbers like this are the reason why: This graph, from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus...

Business as usual

Investment firm buys controlling interest in Ancestry Lots of reader questions coming in to The Legal Genealogist in the last few days all focus on one issue: “What do you think of the sale of Ancestry?” The questions come from the announcement this week that...

SLIG 2021 registration opens Saturday

Get ready for genealogy’s first virtual winter camp This Saturday, August 8, may provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance for some genealogists. Those who have wistfully eyed the offerings of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) every January and mournfully...

July 4, 2020

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...