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...

The Thanksgiving gift

At least we think so now… There have been many memorable Thanksgivings in The Legal Genealogist’s life. Thanksgivings spent in Virginia, gathered with my mother, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins by the dozens, all together at a rented hall —...

A favorite holiday

Family, food, football All of us — The Legal Genealogist included — have our favorites. That one holiday of the year that we enjoy just that little bit more than any of the others. For some, it’s Christmas. They love the weather at that time of year,...

Veteran’s Day 2018

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 — one hundred years ago today — the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, the survivors breathed a...

A Mighty Girl

… grows into a mighty woman… One of The Legal Genealogist’s favorite sites is A Mighty Girl. Why? Because it focuses on girls — and women — as the mighty people they are. And it reminds us that mighty girls grow into mighty women. Case in...

Telling our own stories

Days on the road One of the reasons why The Legal Genealogist reserves Saturdays for family stories is that, quite simply, none of us does enough to tell the stories nearest and dearest to us. And that includes our own stories… the things that go into making us...

Remembering Willie

A child lost at 14 months It is necessary, when The Legal Genealogist is in Utah, to remember Willie. Her name, perhaps, was Wilhelmina or something fancy like that, but it’s much more likely that it was just plain Willie. She was born on the 11th of January...

Is one clue too much to ask?

Just one hint to Ann’s parents… One of the reasons why The Legal Genealogist is such a fan of DNA testing is the sheer number of “who the heck are the parents of…” open questions in the family tree. It’s bad enough having one-half of my...

To the Class of 1968

Hail to the high schoolers All across the United States this year, the high school classes of 1968 will be gathering together to celebrate a half-century since their graduations. Particularly this fall, those who’ve managed to survive 50 years of adulthood will...