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...

Navigating the Johanns

… and they’re all named Johann On the 31st of May 1852, a couple was married in a small town in what is today the modern German state of Thüringen. The records reflect that, on that day, The Legal Genealogist’s second great grandfather Johann...

An open letter

A descendant’s thanks To the members of the Abandoned Cemetery Association of Parker County, Texas: Ladies and gentlemen, The Legal Genealogist doffs her hat to you. And offers you a family’s thanks in general — and this descendant’s thanks in...

On the vine

The joys of summer The Legal Genealogist is home for a time — at least temporarily — during this year’s institute season, and went out this morning for one of the joys of summer. The farmer’s market. There truly is nothing quite as wonderful as...

One giant leap

Into belief It was just a few moments before 11 p.m. Eastern time, 50 years ago today. The Legal Genealogist — and anyone else alive at the time — remembers it as if it were yesterday. Gathered around television sets, radios, anything that would carry a...

David Fred Cottrell, 1928-2019

Yet another sad farewell They were 12 in number, born between the First World War and and the early years of the Second World War. The children of Clay Rex and Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, The Legal Genealogist’s maternal grandparents. Ruth Marie, the first-born....

One of these years…

Celebrating the Fourth in memory It didn’t happen again this year. And The Legal Genealogist doesn’t know when it will. But it will. For sure. That’s a promise I keep making to myself.1 One of these years I will be where I want to be on the Fourth of...

Why chase that mtDNA

Isn’t one perfect match enough? Some of those who’ve been following along with The Legal Genealogist’s quest for a definitive answer to the identity of an elusive fourth great grandmother have had a question. Since there are only two candidates for...