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The unavailable SS-5

When we don’t get what we asked for Reader Barbara Dottino had an unpleasant surprise when she asked the U.S. Social Security Administration for a copy of a relative’s SS-5 form. She wanted a copy of the original application for a Social Security number....

BIG win on USCIS fees

Final fee rule announced by USCIS Gentle people, we won. Pure and simple. The final rule adopting new fees for the genealogy program at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was published today and… We won. Starting April 1, 2024, the fees for...

About that advanced option…

Searching text on David Rumsey maps Yep, readers are right. The Legal Genealogist sent folks off merrily last week to DavidRumsey.com to play with the new feature for finding text on maps.1 Things like that elusive ancestor’s name as a landowner in the 1870s....

Text searching on maps!

DavidRumsey.com adds text searching It’s here it’s here it’s here it’s here. So maybe The Legal Genealogist is a little excited. But it’s here! Text searching on DavidRumsey maps! Now, there isn’t a genealogist alive who...

Labor Day 2023

Mapping our labor ancestors It’s the first Monday in September. Hard to believe, as always, that the summer is speeding to an end, kids are back in school, sunrises are later and sunsets earlier. And that it’s the first holiday of the fall season here in...

Help with Chronicling America

Tune in to LOC The Library of Congress is, without question, an American treasure. It’s home to so many goodies that we as genealogists use all the time. The collection of United States Statutes at Large for those of us who — like The Legal Genealogist...

More than 2000 more

Copyright-free images The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will undoubtedly say it again. It isn’t possible to overstate the debt that genealogists — and Americans — owe to Carol Highsmith.1 A debt that has just grown by more than 2000… Images, that is....

Saying their names

Recovering their identities The first arrived in North America most likely in 1539, brought to Florida as part of the expedition in which Hernando DeSoto attempted to establish a colony for Spain.1 The first arrivals in British North America came in the ships The...

PTP finally!!!

GREAT news about 1812 pensions Yeah, The Legal Genealogist is late with the news, but this news is so good, it’s worth repeating even if you’ve already heard it. The project is back. Back on track. Back digitizing records. And not just plain old ordinary...