A place called home

The call of those ancestral lands It hits like a ton of bricks. No matter how many times The Legal Genealogist has been there. When you see that places that was home to one who came before you, it hits you. It grabs you by the heart and it doesn’t let you go....

How do we know?

Genealogy’s one constant question The Legal Genealogist doesn’t generally go ballistic while poking around on Ancestry.com. Particularly when reviewing somebody else’s family tree, I understand that what I’m looking at is generally at best a...

Take me out to the…

Oh yes, please… the ballpark March 28, 2019, in The Bronx. The high temperature only in the 40s. The earliest opening day ever at Yankee Stadium. And nobody cared. It was better by far than the home opener in 2018, where the game had to be postponed because of...

The one I wish I’d known

The one I never met He was born 128 years ago tomorrow. A father twice over. A grandfather eight times over. A great grandfather 13 times over. A great great grandfather 11 times over with a 12th on the way. And he only ever saw three of those descendants in his...

The septuagenarian

Seventy trips around the sun There are some things a little girl wants as a birthday present. A two-year-old might want a puppy, but Diana already had one of those. A tricycle maybe, but she had one of those too. Building blocks, check. Stuffed animals, check. All the...

Down home Alabama

Visiting the old folks The Legal Genealogist is visiting the old folks this week. The very very old folks. As in fifth great grandfather-type old folks. Yesterday I had the privilege of standing in Shiloh Cemetery at Shiloh Baptist Church on U.S. 11 just on the border...

To the women…

In honor of International Women’s Day Raised by the women who are stronger than you know A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth By your mother and her mother, the weavers of your...

Birthing a cousin

It really shouldn’t be this hard… She was born 110 years ago today in a little town in Wichita County, Texas. Or maybe not. And The Legal Genealogist is getting really annoyed at finding these gaps in the research files… Typically on a family...

Meanwhile, in Berlin…

His name is Bruno Another cousin. A paternal side cousin. And it still surprises The Legal Genealogist to find paternal side cousins even after having found a bunch of them over the years. I grew up believing I didn’t have any paternal side cousins — or...

Visiting William

And annoying myself in the process… William Wiseman was The Legal Genealogist’s 5th great grandfather. And, according to published family histories, he was born 282 years ago today, on the second of February 1736.1 So when that popped up in my On This Day...