Weeping for Our Lady

Mourning the damage to an historic icon Paris, we all weep with you today. Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Weeping for Our Lady,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 16 Apr...

Restoring the ancestors

Restoring the names Of all of the lasting — and devastating — effects of slavery in the United States, perhaps the worst from a genealogical perspective is severing generations of people from each other. Taking people away from their families. Taking even...

A question for today

NPR says it all Five years ago today, National Public Radio asked exactly the right question, one that is still a critical question in our country — indeed in the world — today. In a particularly timely post, it asked: Why Doesn’t America Read...

Spring not sprung

Not enough yet at any rate So The Legal Genealogist was in Alabama just a few days ago. Spring had arrived. And then I went to Texas. Spring had arrived. Now I’m home in New Jersey. Where tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring. It’s not here yet....

Three-Legged Willie

Where Williamson County got its name He was a lawyer. He was a newspaper editor. He was a Texas Ranger. He was a member of the Republic of Texas legislature. He was a judge. And he was disabled. Let’s hear it for the man for whom Williamson County, Texas, is...

IGHR registration rescheduled

We broke their server… The official statement from the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research about registration today: Good news––there is tremendous demand for IGHR this summer. Bad news––the demand overloaded our server this morning and no one was...

IGHR 2019 registration tomorrow!

You snooze, you lose Wake up! There isn’t a single moment to waste! It’s down-to-the-wire-nail-biting-mouse-hand-warming-up-get-ready time. Because tomorrow, Saturday, March 2nd, is the Big Day if you’re hoping to get in on an unparalleled...

Of greats and grands

What to call the new twig Reader Joyce Gagnon’s family tree is about to gain a new twig. And she isn’t entirely sure what to call him — except, of course, the cutest baby in the world. “I’m the youngest of 5,” she writes, and The Legal Genealogist...

Mourning Betty

We’ll miss you, my friend It started as one of those goofy things you do among friends. It was May 2007. The National Genealogical Society Conference was being held in Richmond, Virginia. And just a few days afterwards a dear friend would be celebrating her 80th...