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Memorial Day 2021

Remember and honor You can’t help but think how much they had in common … and yet how very different they were. Their commonalities: both were born to pioneering families. Both chose to fight to protect what they believed in. Both were 23 years old when...

Ran away from home

But not forever Yes, really, The Legal Genealogist knows there have been no blog posts this week. Nope. Nothing wrong. Quite the contrary: I ran away from home. Took the first driving trip involving an overnight in more than 15 months. Met up with two fully-vaccinated...

Such a deal…

Half off new Family Tree Webinar subscriptions There is always, always, always something new to learn in genealogy. All of us — The Legal Genealogist included — have so much more to learn about history, geography, customs, migration and and and… all...

A fair alternative

NARA offers webinar series The U.S. National Archives has delighted genealogists for years by offering a free event in the fall called the Virtual Genealogy Fair. Since 2013, NARA has held the event — generally in October — with educational presentations...

The joys of ambiguity

Yes, there are quotes around that… The Legal Genealogist couldn’t believe it. Simply could not believe that any genealogist could have done such a thing. It just had to be an April Fool’s joke. I mean, I know that online family trees can be...

The March of time

Mixed emotions on a natal anniversary It is a day on which The Legal Genealogist is profoundly grateful… and profoundly sad. Grateful for having successfully completed another trip around the sun. Grateful for the fact that I woke up warm, healthy, secure in my...

In orange and green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day The Legal Genealogist has no idea what happened to it. And chances are, after a year of pandemic home cooking, it wouldn’t fit anyway. But it was — without question — my favorite piece of clothing for St. Patrick’s...

12.5 divided by…

When we make misteaks… The Legal Genealogist admits it. It’s a consistent failing. Even with a calculator at hand, I am mathematically challenged. I joke about owning a complete one-for-every-day set of t-shirts reading: “I was an English major, you do the...

SLAM at NGS

Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 15 It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be free. And the deadline for being part of it is coming up fast. There’s lots that will be new at the 2021 all-virtual conference of the National Genealogical Society...