Discovering fiction

Another example of why not to accept automated systems So The Legal Genealogist opened the email program this morning and there it was. A personal discovery, just for me, according to the automated system notice from one of the big genealogical companies.1 Another...

Turn the page!

The rest of the story So many times, the answer to a genealogical question can be found with a simple action. Turn the page. And … sigh … The Legal Genealogist occasionally needs a reminder to find the book that has the pages to turn them. Case in point....

On this day

Checking those historical facts The Legal Genealogist is very fond of the various websites that are willing to tell us what happened on this day in history. Despite their occasional inaccuracies,1 the websites that serve up history in sound bites often provide fodder...

Equal opportunity DNA criticism

Don’t take ThruLines as gospel either So a couple of weeks ago The Legal Genealogist focused on the dangers of uncritical acceptance of the automated systems at the DNA testing companies that link us to possible/proposed ancestors by showing how one suggested...

Just a theory

The dangers of uncritical acceptance There are some really cool tools to be used these days to help analyze our DNA results up against our genealogical tree research. But there’s a reason why they have names like Theory of Family Relativity (at MyHeritage) or...

Documenting the land rush

When the Boomers met the Sooners Two million acres west of the Mississippi. Land that had been promised to Native Americans “…as long as grass grows or water runs…”1 Land that — 130 years ago today — was opened for settlement as part of the public lands of...

Evidence, not proof

A marriage bond doesn’t prove a marriage And in the “it never fails” category, reader Dan Babish came up with the one thing The Legal Genealogist should have said in about marriage bonds… and didn’t. In a comment posted this morning to the blog...