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Starting a conversation

Honoring the ancestors The Legal Genealogist is still digging out from under the accumulated email, snail mail and other impacts of being away for three weeks so the return to what passes for normal around here on this blog is getting off to a bit of a slow start. But...

Farewell to my hero

Timothy Evan Geissler, 1973-2017 In so so many ways, Timothy Evan Geissler beat the odds. Born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus at a time when so many children with those conditions died soon after birth, Tim was a fighter who wouldn’t give up. Born to...

Odd cousin out

Thank heavens for books… and grandmothers… This is the Memorial Day weekend here in the United States — and on the actual holiday itself The Legal Genealogist will speak of one particular loss in the family. But today… on the day reserved for...

Bittersweet Saturday

Missing an Indiana cousin It is bittersweet to be here in Indiana on this family Saturday. The day of each week when The Legal Genealogist writes about personal family stories, instead of the stories of others. Because it isn’t possible to be here in Indiana on...

Reprise: the hands of time

No words needed This is, by far, The Legal Genealogist‘s favorite photograph, ever. My mother and her granddaughter Hannah. First published here in 2015 and worth repeating every chance I can get. Since it’s DNA Sunday, the subtitle can be “my...

Happy birthday to my hero

My nephew Tim He is The Legal Genealogist‘s hero. He is smart. He is funny. And he has the heart of a lion. He is my nephew Tim, and he is one of four family members recorded in my genealogy database with a birthday on May 5th. And have I mentioned that...

An Oregon connection

A young sailor cousin Given the size of The Legal Genealogist‘s family, it’s hardly surprising to find a state where some relative lives or has lived in the past. In fact, since my mother was one of 12 children, 10 of whom lived to adulthood, and her...

The joys of tax research

… or, how I learned to wish my ancestors paid their #$%@$# taxes If ever you wanted evidence of The Legal Genealogist‘s family’s deep Scots-Irish roots, today’s foray into the records would prove it. You see, there is one characteristic for...

They never met

Thank heavens The Legal Genealogist had two grandfathers who served in the armed forces during World War I, that war to end all wars that the United States entered 100 years ago this week. The two men never met. And all I can say is… thank heavens. My...

Her name was Fan

Documenting the enslaved It was the 14th day of April 1831, and William M. Robertson needed money. A hatter in Lowndes County, Mississippi, he owned a hat shop in the Town of Columbus, the county seat. And he wanted to borrow $150.40. John Billington had the money to...