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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...

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...

Review: The dark side

Not a history to be proud of Note: As we all struggle to come to terms with current events, it may prove helpful to look back at some of our history. Believing firmly that knowing how we got here may help us all see the way forward, The Legal Genealogist will reprise...

Original sources

Of original causes These are powerful times in which we live, and part of the power of the moment comes from the tidal wave of history that is sweeping a lot of misconceptions out with it. One of those misconceptions: the Civil War was fought by southern states to...