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Two sides to every story

The debate over Internet Archive’s Emergency Library There are always two sides to every story, and The Legal Genealogist is guilty of brushing past that simple fact in touting the Internet Archive’s decision to make a National Emergency Library of...

Hats off to Internet Archive

The National Emergency Library A colleague asked the question on Facebook just yesterday: with all the libraries closing, how are we to find things to read? And a big answer came at the same time — just yesterday — from Internet Archive, as it announced...

Adding color to history

In a grey time The Legal Genealogist is a big fan of the new tool from MyHeritage called MyHeritage In Color™ — a tool that lets us quickly and easily colorize any black-and-white photo we might have. No, it’s not perfect — nothing is. No,...

Being thankful

For all we do have Like the rest of the world, The Legal Genealogist has been caught up in the news the past days with a sinking heart. These surely are the “interesting times” of that old curse “May you live in interesting times.” And yet things could be so much...

The birthdays

On this day… There is much to celebrate on this day… February 12th. It’s the birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Back in the Dark Ages, when The Legal Genealogist was a kid, we got this day off from school in...

Lost no more

The story of one man’s fight for freedom There are stories being told again now, during February, Black History Month, that The Legal Genealogist has heard before. Stories about people like Harriet Tubman who escaped slavery and then helped other enslaved people...

All our people…

29 Ways in 29 Days Like so many others with southern roots, The Legal Genealogist has a family history that is intimately bound up with that “peculiar institution” — slavery. It’s not something I expected to have to deal with when I first began looking at...