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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...

Memorial Day 2020

Honoring those who gave their all Today is Memorial Day here in the United States — the official holiday on which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It’s time set aside for us all — The Legal Genealogist included — to...

The enigma of a cousin, part 2

All that isn’t known of a lifetime, part 2 (Continued from part 1, here, because of a technical issue with the original posting) We know from a lot of sources that Mattie married John Berens. Her father John’s obituary in 1951 listed “a daughter, Mrs....

The enigma of a cousin, part 1

Note: Because of an issue in the HTML rendering of this post on some (but not all) devices and browsers, this post is being reposted, in two parts… apologies to those who got the whole thing correctly — and here’s hoping for those who need it in two...