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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...

The child who never was

Another cousin lost and found It is more the norm than the exception for The Legal Genealogist. Whenever I turn my attention to my father’s German side of the family tree, the discoveries I make are those of loss. My father was himself the only surviving child...

Documenting our own

Looking closer at our families It’s something The Legal Genealogist is so so so guilty of doing. I look at people who are closest in my family, people like — say — my mother’s siblings. And I say to myself, “Oh, I know all about those...

Those June babies

What a party… Every so often, The Legal Genealogist turns to a marvelous little program written by John Cardinal called On This Day. It’s no longer supported, mostly because it runs against the database of a now-defunct genealogy program called Master...