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Recognizing Juneteenth

Hint: it isn’t new It’s been cause for celebration since this day in 1865. This day, celebrated for 155 years. June 19th. Juneteenth. The day on which the very last persons held in bondage in the Confederacy learned of their freedom. It began that day, 155...

Review: The dark side

Not a history to be proud of Note: As we all struggle to come to terms with current events, it may prove helpful to look back at some of our history. Believing firmly that knowing how we got here may help us all see the way forward, The Legal Genealogist will reprise...

FGS goes virtual

Final Federation of Genealogical Societies conference online COVID19 has claimed another in-person victim — this time, the planned 2020 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, scheduled for 2-5 September 2020, in Kansas City. That’s the bad...

RIP Irene Triplett

Last Civil War-era pensioner dies in North Carolina It’s the end of an era. It has been 155 years since Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. A century and a half since the guns fell silent in that bloodiest war on...

Nothing to say

Nothing that can be said This space has been dark almost all week. The Legal Genealogist has nothing to say that can be said. There are more than 102,800 men, women and children dead in America from COVID-19 — almost a third of the 365,500 deaths in the world to...

Memorial Day 2020

Honoring those who gave their all Today is Memorial Day here in the United States — the official holiday on which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It’s time set aside for us all — The Legal Genealogist included — to...

NGS 2020 Live! Deadline

Registration closes May 15 Time is running to join the fun online with NGS 2020 Live!, the virtual conference of the National Genealogical Society for 2020. Registration for the livestreamed event closes Friday, May 15, and this is an event you don’t want to...

Going to summer school

GRIP opens new seats The Legal Genealogist offers apologies in advance to friend, colleague and mentor Thomas W. Jones. I am the student who sits in the back and whines, “Why do we have to do that???” And while I hope not to be whining that much, I will certainly be...

And the view…

… from today’s office window … On Facebook, The Legal Genealogist tries to post a daily image to capture the view from today’s office window. In ordinary times, it’s likely to be a scene from a busy airport. In recent days, it’s...

More virtual education: MAAGI and NGS

Classes and conference move online Two more major options for genealogical education — one institute and one conference — have opted to go virtual for 2020. The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), scheduled for Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in...