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...

The anniversary

140 years ago today The groom had just turned 24, that June day 140 years ago, as he entered the church in the village of Bad Köstritz in what was then the Fürstentum Reuß jüngerer Linie (principality of Reuss younger line, in English), to join his life to hers. He...

In their footsteps

Standing where they stood The foundation was laid before the year 1000. The chancel dates from the 13th century. The main building itself dates from the 15th century. Once known as the Church of the High Seas, it still flies the Red Ensign, flag of the British...

About that F4…

An F4F, not an F4U The Legal Genealogist loves having a brother who served in the Marines. Among other things, I can ask him about all things Marine. On the other hand, he’s quick to point out when I should have asked him about all things Marine — and...

Memorial Day, 2019

Remembering the fallen It is Memorial Day here in the United States — the official holiday and the end of the three-day weekend during which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It was added to the federal holiday calendar in 1888 as...

Finding Margaret’s mother, part 3

Setting up the research tool So The Legal Genealogist is off to put paid to one particular genealogical question this year: who was the mother of Margaret (Battles) Shew? Margaret is my 3rd great grandmother. My line comes down from Margaret’s daughter Martha Louise,...