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Giving thanks, 2021 style

For all that we have Thanksgiving has always been The Legal Genealogist’s favorite holiday. Focusing on — in this order — family, food and football (go Rutgers! beat Maryland!), it’s one of the low-stress holidays even if an occasional feast...

A snippet of thanks

Chasing those Germans again… with help Even in this busiest season of the year, there are those who give of themselves. And The Legal Genealogist is oh so very grateful that they do. And doesn’t want to let any grass grow underfoot before saying thanks,...

The birthday twins

Born on 12 November He was the older. Born, the records say, at 10 a.m. She was the younger. Born, the records say, at 6:30 p.m. No, not the same mama. Not even the same year. Carsten Hinrich Wilhelm Nuckel was born 12 November 1860 at Buntentorsteinweg 383, Bremen,...

Veterans Day 2021

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 — one hundred and three years ago today — the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, and throughout the...

Progress…

… at a snail’s pace… The Legal Genealogist occasionally indulges in the fantasy of advanced genealogist status. You know the kind of status… the kind that says, loudly, “I can trace all my ancestors back however-many generations!” Until I take...

About that William…

… not very likely… If Boston Shew married Elizabeth Brewer in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1816, and William Brewer married Phana Risdin in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1781, then William and Phana Brewer must be Elizabeth’s parents, right?...

Y we know what we know

William Noel was not a Battles DNA doesn’t always make our research lives easier. It often sends us down really complicated rabbit holes. But, even in a worst case scenario, it can keep us from going down the wrong rabbit hole. Case in point: yesterday on...

Recharging batteries

Yep… ran away from home Yes, the pages of The Legal Genealogist blog have been dark for days. No, The Legal Genealogist hasn’t been sleeping on the job. Sometimes ya just gotta recharge the batteries. And with due precautions, fully-vaccinated sisters, and...

Anna, wo bist du?

A cousin to be found It’s just one single word on a birth record from Bremen, Germany. The word “zwilling.” It appears in the record of the birth of Gustav Nuckel, born 83 years ago today, on 25 September 1938.1 And it means “twin.”2 And it’s...