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Written in the inside covers

Noting the inscriptions This week’s discussion here at The Legal Genealogist of law books and legal dictionaries morphed into noting what’s written inside the covers of books. And, of course, what that writing tells us about our families. And about...

Remembering an Oklahoma pioneer

One special woman The Legal Genealogist cannot be here, in this particular place, at this particular time, without her thoughts turning to this one ancestor in particular. No, it’s just not possible to be here in Oklahoma, during this week of March when we...

That maternal line

In honor of International Women’s Day Raised by the women who are stronger than you know A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth By your mother and her mother, the weavers of your...

The maiden name

A family for Melinda It stands out there, in The Legal Genealogist‘s database. The birthdate, given in detail, as March 4, 1859. And the name of the person born that day: Melinda. Maybe Malinda. Or something like that. Her married name: Baker. Not much of a...

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...