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Chalk and cheese

And reasons for loving libraries Nothing about the divorce has ever surprised The Legal Genealogist. My parents — who were married 73 years ago tomorrow — were as different as chalk and cheese. He was formal German immigrant. She was folksy U.S. southern...

Milestones, 2021

Looking back to 2020, forward to 2021 The very best part of falling headlong into family history research is the stories. Stories in The Legal Genealogist’s family take us back a long way in America on the maternal side and in Germany on the paternal side. Stories...

A gift of family

Thanks to the testers It is the last Sunday of 2020. The last day of this year when The Legal Genealogist looks to the pros, cons, and complications of using DNA as part and parcel of genealogical evidence. And a perfect day to say thank you to all those who’ve...

For luck

Looking to the New Year As long as it isn’t fatal, and it’s supposed to bring good luck for the New Year, The Legal Genealogist is gonna try it. After a year like this one, even if I hate it, I’ll do it or eat it or wear it. Anything for luck. Which...

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...

Happy anniversary!

Well, maybe… It’s time to wish those ancestors a happy anniversary! Tomorrow, December 6th, is the 167th anniversary of the marriage of George Washington Cottrell and Martha Louisa Baker — The Legal Genealogist’s second great grandparents....

The road less traveled by

All the difference “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken (1916) Thick as thieves....

Giving thanks, 2020 style

From one to 76 It is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. A special day of thanks has been part of the national tradition here since the first President, George Washington, responded to a call by Congress and designated Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a “day of...