All our people…

29 Ways in 29 Days Like so many others with southern roots, The Legal Genealogist has a family history that is intimately bound up with that “peculiar institution” — slavery. It’s not something I expected to have to deal with when I first began looking at...

A death in Bremen

The unimaginable pain There is always something unimaginably sad about the death of a child. It isn’t that The Legal Genealogist doesn’t try to imagine it. It’s that every time I try, my mind shies away from the pain that the parents and other family...

Milestones, 2020

Looking back to 2019, forward to 2020 The very best part of falling headlong into family history research is the stories. Stories in The Legal Genealogist’s family take us back a long way in America on the maternal side and in Germany on the paternal side. Stories...

2019 top posts: family

Top family posts of the year Here we are, in the last days of 2019, and The Legal Genealogist is continuing to take a chance to think back and reflect. It’s Saturday… the day I usually focus on my family here in the blog. And it’s in the heart of the...

Their story… and my own

That terrible winter at Valley Forge It was 242 years ago this week. The Continental Army, fresh off a series of defeats in Pennsylvania including the loss of the capital at Philadelphia, reached their winter quarters at Valley Forge, arriving and settling in between...

Best toy ever

Not exactly a holiday gift but… Fellow genealogist Jane E. Wilcox of New York posted a link to it this week on Facebook. It may be one of the best articles of all time — the article entitled “The 5 Best Toys of All Time,” written back in 2011.1 And oh boy...

When there’s no-one to ask

Who is that valentine Peggy? There is very little that frustrates a genealogist more than having a burning question … and no-one to ask. The Legal Genealogist knows that feeling only too well. And got hit with it again last night. I was going through my baby box...

A likely candidate

A daughter for Boston Shew Boston Shew is The Legal Genealogist’s fourth great grandfather… and the source of a whole raft of the family’s mysteries. He was born around 1790 in North Carolina.1 He took out a marriage bond in Wilkes County in October...

The other son

New twigs on the tree The joy, for The Legal Genealogist — and in truth for all genealogists, never wanes. That moment when you can add another twig or two to a branch of the family tree. And when the twigs are on my paternal side, well, it’s both a joy...