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Celebrating siblings

Or maybe kittens… If The Legal Genealogist ran the circus, they wouldn’t exist. By the time I was four, I was done with siblings. I had an older sister. I had a younger brother. Enough already yet. So if I’d had my way, here on National Siblings...

The witness who wasn’t

Why the witness wasn’t Charlsie There was that one nagging issue in The Legal Genealogist’s thinking. The thinking that led to last Saturday’s family blog suggesting that the second youngest daughter of William and Ann (Jacobs) Battles posed as her...

The joys of ambiguity

Yes, there are quotes around that… The Legal Genealogist couldn’t believe it. Simply could not believe that any genealogist could have done such a thing. It just had to be an April Fool’s joke. I mean, I know that online family trees can be...

Documenting our own lives

Forty years ago today Genealogists are often living breathing advertisements for the truth of that old adage about the shoemaker’s children having no shoes. We document the histories of all the people in our families. Except for our own. The Legal Genealogist is...

And nothing but the truth …

Just a few “misstatements” The truth can be so inconvenient at times. And in The Legal Genealogist’s family, well… Let’s just say that our family motto is: we never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Apparently, we also never let the truth...

Nature and nurture

Not just a matter of DNA It is March — celebrated in the United States as Women’s History Month. It is Sunday — when The Legal Genealogist often looks at DNA-related matters. And it is Sunday, the 21st day of March — and that would have been the 95th...

Another one!?!

Another sibling for a grandmother It’s a sad sad sad day when a genealogist has a question — and there’s no one left to ask. And sometimes there’s never been anyone to ask. Case in point: this photograph. Now, The Legal Genealogist has no doubt...

A layer of blue

Over a core of grey They had worn Confederate grey — and many were still solidly loyal to the Confederacy in their hearts. But in what so many saw as a last chance to save themselves from the horrors of the Union prison camps, by the thousands they agreed to be...

Go for the original

Get to the source… The Legal Genealogist was powerfully reminded this morning of that basic tenet of genealogy. Go for the original. The very best derivative sources in the world — those copies of originals, or copies of copies of originals — even...

A year in the life

Documenting the pandemic Today, March 8, 2021, is the one-year mark. That’s for The Legal Genealogist, of course. It’ll be different for different people. But it was exactly one year ago today — a beautiful sunny Sunday in Central New Jersey —...