Documenting our own

Looking closer at our families It’s something The Legal Genealogist is so so so guilty of doing. I look at people who are closest in my family, people like — say — my mother’s siblings. And I say to myself, “Oh, I know all about those...

Those June babies

What a party… Every so often, The Legal Genealogist turns to a marvelous little program written by John Cardinal called On This Day. It’s no longer supported, mostly because it runs against the database of a now-defunct genealogy program called Master...

Memorial Day 2020

Honoring those who gave their all Today is Memorial Day here in the United States — the official holiday on which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It’s time set aside for us all — The Legal Genealogist included — to...

The enigma of a cousin, part 2

All that isn’t known of a lifetime, part 2 (Continued from part 1, here, because of a technical issue with the original posting) We know from a lot of sources that Mattie married John Berens. Her father John’s obituary in 1951 listed “a daughter, Mrs....

The enigma of a cousin, part 1

Note: Because of an issue in the HTML rendering of this post on some (but not all) devices and browsers, this post is being reposted, in two parts… apologies to those who got the whole thing correctly — and here’s hoping for those who need it in two...

The enigma of a cousin

NOTE: On some browsers in some operating systems, this post doesn’t render properly. If you’re having a problem, please read the two part version, with part 1 here and part 2 here… and my apologies. I simply can’t find the error that’s...

The butterfly effect

A death in 1793 It’s called the butterfly effect. It’s the notion that events are connected in a profound and unpredictable manner, and that small changes at the start can lead to vastly different outcomes. So, for example, as small an act as a butterfly...

Happy mtDNA Day 2020!

Mother’s Day 2020 Every last one of the people in this photo shares mitochondrial DNA with The Legal Genealogist: Front row (L-R): my aunt Cladyne; my mother Hazel, called Totsy; my grandmother, called Mama Clay; my aunt Carol; my aunt Marianne; and my aunt Trisha....

Empty chairs

…at the Mother’s Day table It’s only fitting, this Saturday before Mother’s Day, to focus on one of the women in The Legal Genealogist’s family. And to wonder how anyone survives giving birth to — we think — eight children...