Farewell to Paula Ida

Another little girl lost… The Legal Genealogist’s paternal grandfather was the youngest of what we now know were seven children born in Bad Köstritz in what is now the German state of Thüringen. The church books of the Lutheran church in that town record...

2019 alphabet soup: C is for…

What else could it be for…? The 2019 Family History Law Library class at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is now in the bag. One full week of students eager to learn and instructors eager to impart their knowledge about the interplay of genealogy and the law...

A long overdue apology

To the families of the victims… The Legal Genealogist’s first cousin once removed just couldn’t understand the whole notion of genealogy when it came up in a conversation years ago. He could not for the life of him wrap his head around the idea of...

Milestones, 2019

Looking back to 2018, forward to 2019 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...

DNA resolutions for 2019

Resolved: finding Margaret’s mother No, The Legal Genealogist isn’t giving up on the DNA resolutions of years past. I’m still committed to getting my paper trail in order, not accepting ethnicity estimates as anything more than just estimates, and...

Missing those New Year’s Eves past

Looking back on times gone by Although The Legal Genealogist grew up practically in the shadow of the Empire State Building and has spent more years in the center of the Garden State than anyone should have to admit to, there’s one thing that’s not on the...

2018 top posts: family

Top family posts of the year Here we are, in the last days of 2018, and The Legal Genealogist is once again taking just a moment to think back and reflect. It’s Saturday… the day I usually focus on my family here in the blog. And it’s almost...

Do as I say!

Not as I did… You’d think by then The Legal Genealogist would have learned. I mean, seriously, by the time I was entering that information in my genealogy database program, I’d have thought my experience with one particular part of working with...

The birthday gift

The boy who lived She had to have known, on that day when she herself was celebrating her birthday, that there would be another birthday very very soon. It was, after all, not Julia (McGimsey) Baker’s first “rodeo” there on that day, 174 years ago today. By the...

To the cousins

… by the dozens but … The Legal Genealogist has never lacked for cousins. Having one parent from a very large and very close family — my mother was one of 12 children, 10 of whom lived to adulthood — has had me surrounded by cousins all my...