To the forgotten veteran

The one who never gets the credit So many of The Legal Genealogist’s family members are being honored this weekend in the United States and, particularly, on Monday. Monday. November 11. Veterans Day. First proclaimed in November 1919 by President Wilson,1...

Inside the cloakroom

Memories of California It’s a never-ending source of wonderment: how the human mind stores memories away in its deepest recesses, and trots them out when the right button is pushed. For The Legal Genealogist, that button gets pushed whenever travel ends in the...

More Silver threads

Expanding the Baker family story One of the very best things about being a genealogist is the community of friends we build. The Legal Genealogist has been the beneficiary of this community so many times, and there just aren’t enough ways to say thank you. A...

Baker serendipity

It strikes again! The Legal Genealogist often uses one particular branch of the family as examples in lectures: the Bakers of Virginia-North Carolina-Texas. This is on my maternal grandfather’s side: we descend from David Baker (1749 VA – 1838 NC), through...

A worthy cause indeed

Today’s Conference for a Cause Today is the day The Legal Genealogist has been headed towards, roaming through Utah and Colorado this past week. Today is the fifth annual Conference for a Cause of the Larimer County, Colorado, Genealogical Society. It’s...

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...