That Johnson child

Even that “contemporaneous” record can be wrong… It’s one of the great joys of Kentucky research, those few short unexpected years of birth records in the 1850s. It’s also one of the great frustrations of Kentucky research. And an object lesson in...

The whatever birthday

94, 95, whatever She came into this world 94 years ago today. Or maybe it was 95 years ago today. There was, you see, a major dispute over that simple fact. There is no question but that she was the fifth-born child of Clay and Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, The Legal...

Expanding horizons

From isolation to broad vistas Feeling cramped? Confined? Isolated? There’s no need for that, y’know. The Legal Genealogist sure hasn’t been narrowing down. Instead, I’ve been expanding my horizons every single day, while still easily...

Because of what today is

The Legal Genealogist is staying home Those who follow this writer and this blog, and are Facebook friends, know the view from today’s office window. On any given Friday in the conference season that begins each spring, it’s almost always a photo of an...

Setting the clock

If we could choose the time Here on this day in March 2020 when the United States wreaks havoc with the circadian rhythms of its citizens by setting the clocks forward an hour, the question arose on Facebook: to what time would we set the clocks if we could set them...

Leap Day 2020

“Excepting February alone…” Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; All the rest have thirty-one, Excepting February alone… — Oxford Concise Dictionary of Quotations. Guess what today is? It’s that extra day tucked into an...

Oh, Freddie…

Chasing the Germans again “It is easier,” Mark Twain wrote, “for a cannibal to enter the Kingdom of Heaven through the eye of a rich man’s needle that it is for any other foreigner to read the terrible German script.”1 And oh, boy, does The Legal Genealogist...

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...