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To honor them

… in their footsteps There are so many of them. The youngest, The Legal Genealogist’s grandmother, Opal (Robertson) Cottrell, born in Texas in 1898.1 The oldest, a first cousin four times removed, Susannah C. (Young) Blalock, born in North Carolina, in...

Nope, not me…

But maybe you…? The Legal Genealogist is not a Mayflower descendant. In fact, as far as I can tell, I have no ancestors — none — not even a single one — even born north of the Mason-Dixon line, much less linked to New England. My German-born...

Apologies to the cousins…

And a pension file to be ordered The Legal Genealogist owes an apology to cousins Lydia and Jacob. For years, I’ve been saying that my mother’s family was so deeply embedded in the American south that I had to go out to a second cousin, five times removed,...

Oh, to be …

… en route to family history Warning: The Legal Genealogist is whining. On an ordinary day, I’m managing the discombobulation of this pandemic reasonably well. I’m Zooming along with family, friends and colleagues. My housemate, Clancy, has fangs and...

William’s whereabouts

Yet another family history mystery Today, August 29, is the 164th anniversary of the birth of Nancy Arminta (Robertson) Parish. She was, as far as The Legal Genealogist can tell, the fifth-born child and second daughter of Gustavus Boone and Isabella (Gentry)...

They never gave up

Those women 100 years ago They never gave up. Those women of our families 100 years ago refused to take no for an answer. They fought for us… and for a right way too many of us take for granted today. Think about it. Think of the issue in terms of the people who...

The joy of blogging

The joy of blogging A lead to Arno’s death People sometimes ask The Legal Genealogist what the benefit is to having a blog about genealogy. Why — even in these difficult times when all too often the get-up-and-go has gotten-up-and-left — I try hard...

In the nick of time

The anniversary story Tomorrow, August 9th, marks the 187th anniversary of the marriage of Gerhard Nuckel and Beta Lahrs in Bremen, Germany. Gerhard (recorded as Gerd) was shown as age 33 and a laborer at the time of the marriage on 9 August 1833; Beta was shown as...

Lessons learned…

About that transient web It’s a resource The Legal Genealogist has consulted dozens of times. Put together by a researcher named George Baumbach, it’s entitled Colonial Pettypool-Poole-P’Pool Families, and it sets out a vast array of known...

Those local values

Still love that mouse! Just a couple of days ago, a Facebook post asked if genealogists belonged to local genealogical societies any more. The Legal Genealogist sure does. Local societies support records access and preservation efforts in just about all of the areas...