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The tidbits of May

Love the local papers… One of the great joys of being a 21st century genealogist is sitting there, at 3 a.m., in your bunny slippers, and finding out little bits and pieces about your ancestors that you never would have known any other way. For The Legal...

Mother’s Day 2022

And five generations… It’s Mother’s Day here in the United States. It’s DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist. So what else could I possibly do? Yep. Five generations of mitochondrial DNA, haplogroup H3g. Me. My mother Hazel (Cottrell)...

Stories cut short

Musings on a Mother’s Day weekend… There is such a difference between the two sides of The Legal Genealogist’s family. On my mother’s side, going up that maternal line, sure, I know the names of my mother, grandmother, great grandmother, second...

That eureka moment

It wasn’t in Eureka John Berens’ obituary couldn’t be clearer. Included in a set of obituaries collected by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, it’s almost undoubtedly from the Mobridge (South Dakota) Tribune and published...

Of Easters past

And favorite images Painted eggs and chocolate bunnies. Easter baskets that rarely survived more than a single season. And the hope that sprang eternal in the breast of The Legal Genealogist’s mother that — this year at least!! — all the kids would...

The stories in the census

Some true… and some not Geophysics professor, says the occupation entry on line 8. It’s there on the sheet for the enumeration of the United States census in Golden, Colorado, where The Legal Genealogist’s parents are recorded. Chemistry professor...

Time travel with NARA

1950 census site is no joke The Legal Genealogist freely admits it. I was a skeptic. I really truly didn’t expect the 1950 census release by the U.S. National Archives (NARA) to go smoothly. In fact, at 10:22 p.m. EDT yesterday, I posted a snarky “let’s...

Thanks for the mtDNA

A gift from Mom… 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 cloth. — Mary Chapin...

The sweet and the bittersweet

Those in the 1950 census There is a level of excitement generally among the genealogical community about an event that’s been 72 years in the making. On 1 April, for the first time in 72 years, Americans will be able to see the enumerations from the 1950 census....