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The challenge of Ann

That “new” fourth great-grandmother March is, of course, Women’s History Month, a celebration of women that began in 1981 with a Congressional request for a Presidential proclamation of a “Women’s History Week” and — by 1995 — had evolved...

Think horses, not zebras

Think basics, not exotics It’s one of the most basic tenets of medicine. When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras. Often ascribed to Dr. Theodore Woodward, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the 1940s, what it means in...

Persistence and the dates

Keep checking back One of The Legal Genealogist’s favorite ancestors is Isabella (Gentry) Robertson. A favorite because she’s such a challenge — married before the 1850 census and without a single surviving vital record (no birth, marriage or death...

Landing the fourths

Land documents a relationship It looks like the chase is done. This particular chase, at least. The Legal Genealogist is about to take the word “theory” out of the names of a set of fourth great grandparents — and from the name of their daughter, a third great...

Google that, but…

Use the right Google! Reader Sherwin was frustrated at not being able to find what he was looking for. “In early 19th century Kentucky, an ancestor served as constable and as jailer,” he wrote. “The old Order Books speak of ‘the oaths required by law’ that he took for...

And where were they then?

Just keep trying… It was 176 years ago yesterday that William Baker and his wife Mary Jane, called Jennie, welcomed their second-born child and first-born son. Thomas A. Baker, born 20 November 1844, was The Legal Genealogist’s first cousin three times...

It’s just not as good

An alternative resource… but not as good Genealogists want the best resource. The one with the most information. The one with — oh, just as one example — an ancestor’s signature. The original record, however and whenever we can get our hands on...

Lessons learned…

About that transient web It’s a resource The Legal Genealogist has consulted dozens of times. Put together by a researcher named George Baumbach, it’s entitled Colonial Pettypool-Poole-P’Pool Families, and it sets out a vast array of known...