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Google that, but…

Use the right Google! Reader Sherwin was frustrated at not being able to find what he was looking for. “In early 19th century Kentucky, an ancestor served as constable and as jailer,” he wrote. “The old Order Books speak of ‘the oaths required by law’ that he took for...

It’s just not as good

An alternative resource… but not as good Genealogists want the best resource. The one with the most information. The one with — oh, just as one example — an ancestor’s signature. The original record, however and whenever we can get our hands on...

The uncommonly good Commons

The Commons on Flickr An announcement that crossed The Legal Genealogist’s desk a short while ago brought to mind an uncommonly good resource for genealogists and historical researchers of all stripes. It’s called, simply, The Commons. And its goal, it...

A daily dose of history

From the U.S. National Archives It’s one of The Legal Genealogist’s favorite parts of the day. Checking out the daily dose of history online in one special place. On September 14th, it featured a report on the bombardment of Fort McHenry.1 On September...

Newspapers and their images

Another new tool, for finding news images If there’s a genealogist alive who doesn’t love newspapers, The Legal Genealogist hasn’t encountered such. And if there’s a newspaper-loving genealogist alive in the United States who doesn’t love...

Nope, not me…

But maybe you…? The Legal Genealogist is not a Mayflower descendant. In fact, as far as I can tell, I have no ancestors — none — not even a single one — even born north of the Mason-Dixon line, much less linked to New England. My German-born...

Cool new research tool

NARA launches explorer for Presidential Libraries One of the most underutilized elements of the National Archives system in the United States is its network of 14 Presidential libraries. From Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama, Presidential Libraries hold a wide variety...

In this centennial year

… records of women at work We all know — or we should — that 2020 is the centennial year for women’s suffrage here in the United States. So what better to work on and highlight on Labor Day 2020 than some terrific options for researching our...

Rescuing history

Saving some of the records It may be one of the most important rescues in the history of the United States. The rescue of its history itself. A rescue that became critically, vitally, important, 206 years ago today. Because it was 206 years ago today that British...