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Ever a Union man

Except maybe not exactly He was The Legal Genealogist‘s cousin, that David Davenport of North Carolina. In one line, a first cousin four times removed. In another, a second cousin five times removed. Descended from a Baker cousin and surrounded by Baker and...

Sticks and stones

… won’t change my mind Arrogant. A snob. Elitist. Close-minded. Not considering the interests of the community. And… worst of the worst… no fun at all! These are just a few of the names hurled at The Legal Genealogist for daring to diss the app...

Reprise: the stars of California

That first man-made star Friend and fellow genealogist Kevin Shue raised the issue yesterday on Facebook. What, he asked, was the first major news story that folks remembered? Some of our colleagues — a tiny bit older than The Legal Genealogist —...

The flight of time

Don’t delay in that research “Tempus fugit,” the Latin saying goes, whether we want it to or not. Time flies. And when it has flown its full course, all of us — The Legal Genealogist included — will suffer losses from which there may be no real...

Chasing George

Kentucky to Tennessee to Texas? Genealogists, truth be told, have favorite ancestors. We don’t always admit it — we feel somehow we should love and honor them all equally, the way a parent is supposed to love the children all equally. But we all really do...

A Civil War loss

In the fall of 1862… It was the first day of June 1874, and Anna (Jacobs) Battles was trying to push forward with her late husband’s claim for property she said had been taken by the Union Army when it came through their land in Cherokee County, Alabama,...

Living and losing

Living and losing Bidding farewell She was born just about noon that Friday, the 27th of October, 162 years ago yesterday. The year was 1855, the place most likely the little village of Bad Köstritz in what is now the German State of Thüringen. Her father was Johann...

Reprise: Elizabeth’s courage

A tale of courage and fidelity The Legal Genealogist is in Iowa today, for the second day of the Annual Fall Conference of the Iowa Genealogical Society. And it’s impossible to be here in Iowa without being struck, once again, by the courage and fortitude of one...

Missing the missing

The loss five years ago Five years. Five long years. That’s how long it’s been since The Legal Genealogist heard that word, said that way, in that voice. We all have those special names, things someone called us that no-one else did, that we have treasured...