Happy birthday, Mr. Hamilton!

Here’s to 230 years of Treasury records The text for the post Today’s Document, posted each day by the U.S. National Archives, is short and sweet: Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757, the illegitimate son of a poor itinerant merchant. He would...

Sourcing the lingo

Law dictionaries online It was a particularly timely question that came in from reader Kellye Hawkins. Just after The Legal Genealogist had given a virtual presentation this past Saturday to the Florida Genealogical Society – Tampa about legal lingo and how to...

More copyright-free images

With an artistic touch One of the big challenges genealogists face is finding copyright-free images we can use to illustrate blogs, presentations, family history books and more. The Legal Genealogist has highlighted some terrific resources for images before, including...

The advent of numbers

Social Security numbers, that is… Reader Lori Jansen was looking for a little more background on the advent of numbers. Social Security numbers, to be precise, in the hopes that she might find some information about some of her family members. The question came...

Ordering the SS-5: 2018 style

Ordering applications from the SSA The issue came up again yesterday, at a talk with the Main Line Genealogy Club in Berwyn, Pennsylvania: just how can we get our hands on the form that was filed by a family member to get a Social Security number? It’s far from...

Once again, thank you, Utah!

Eight-five years ago today This day is so wonderful to The Legal Genealogist that a blog post recognizing it should be automagically scheduled to run every year on the fifth of December without fail. As it is, this is the fourth time I’ve taken the time —...

Where is that place?

Here’s one way to find it… A genealogist across the country needed to know the physical proximity of two New Jersey cemeteries to try to understand how a burial in one cemetery got reported by a Find A Grave contributor as having been in the other —...