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The baby boom of February

Something in the May air? There must be something about the end of May. Something about the way spring is folding itself into summer. Something about the way the days are getting long, the evenings golden and warm. Something about the way the nights … well, the...

O Reverend, where art thou?

Wedding bells in Texas It was 121 years ago tomorrow when they stood before a minister, probably in Bexar County, Texas, and said their “I do”s. On February 19, 1896, Jasper Carlton Robertson was just a couple of months short of his 25th birthday — he would turn...

Another RootsTech serendipity

Another Baker-who-isn’t RootsTech seems to be The Place for serendipity moments. Three years ago, when The Legal Genealogist was a RootsTech keynote speaker, the topic of the keynote was the potential to lose oral family history in just three generations. One of...

A matter of trust

The youngest son Trust in God. It wasn’t a slogan. It wasn’t even a religious comment. It was, instead, a name. Traugott, in German. A name given to a child born 187 years ago tomorrow, on the fifth of February 1830. Probably bestowed at his baptism in the...

The bittersweet reminder

Technology and those birthdays Technology and the modes and means of modern communication offer much to a family these days that is sweet. Signing on to social media to see the very first pictures of the new baby being added to the family… whether of the human...

Bidding goodbye to the circus

End of an era There will be those, The Legal Genealogist is sure, who welcome with whole hearts the end of this particular era. Who greeted the news with relief and with joy. The circus will no longer come to town. This past week, the announcement came in a press...

Through the years

A grandmother’s — and a family’s — life They are the enduring treasures of any family. The photos of those who have gone before. And — even better — the words of those who have gone before, in their own hand. The Legal...

The milestones: 2017

Looking back to 2016, forward to 2017 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 that begin, in this country, in the late 1600s. Stories in Germany that we can...

2016 top posts: family

Top family posts of the year Here we are, in the last days of 2016, and The Legal Genealogist is taking just a moment to think back and reflect. It’s Saturday… the day I usually focus on my family here in the blog. And it’s Christmas Eve even …...

December’s child

On the German side She was never — not ever not even once — The Legal Genealogist’s Aunt Anna. Not Aunt Ann. And certainly not Aunt Annie. She was always — forever and ever amen — Tante Anna. Not my aunt, mind you. Not even my...