Linking father and son

That reasonably exhaustive research thing again… There’s one question The Legal Genealogist asks with respect to any genealogical database. How do I know? And if there’s one genealogical database where that question has to be asked most frequently,...

A touch of color

Reasonably accurate too If you’ve ever wondered what that old black-and-white or sepia photo might look like professionally colorized, wonder no more. With a new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™, you can quickly and easily colorize any...

One last walk in the woods

A tragic end to a hardscrabble life It’s too small even to count as a village in the middle of Germany. Today, it’s little more than a bend in the road in Sachsen-Anhalt, the Federal State in central Germany bordered by Brandenburg to the east, Saxony to...

All our people…

29 Ways in 29 Days Like so many others with southern roots, The Legal Genealogist has a family history that is intimately bound up with that “peculiar institution” — slavery. It’s not something I expected to have to deal with when I first began looking at...

A death in Bremen

The unimaginable pain There is always something unimaginably sad about the death of a child. It isn’t that The Legal Genealogist doesn’t try to imagine it. It’s that every time I try, my mind shies away from the pain that the parents and other family...

Milestones, 2020

Looking back to 2019, forward to 2020 The very best part of falling headlong into family history research is the stories. 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...

2019 top posts: family

Top family posts of the year Here we are, in the last days of 2019, and The Legal Genealogist is continuing to take a chance to think back and reflect. It’s Saturday… the day I usually focus on my family here in the blog. And it’s in the heart of the...

Their story… and my own

That terrible winter at Valley Forge It was 242 years ago this week. The Continental Army, fresh off a series of defeats in Pennsylvania including the loss of the capital at Philadelphia, reached their winter quarters at Valley Forge, arriving and settling in between...

Best toy ever

Not exactly a holiday gift but… Fellow genealogist Jane E. Wilcox of New York posted a link to it this week on Facebook. It may be one of the best articles of all time — the article entitled “The 5 Best Toys of All Time,” written back in 2011.1 And oh boy...