About those burial cards…

… a research work-around system So, as a suggestion for Veterans Day research, The Legal Genealogist posted on Friday about the U.S. National Archives’ collection of the burial cards of soldiers who died during World War I, many of whom are buried...

Starting our Veteran’s Day research

On the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I This Sunday, November 11, is Veteran’s Day 2018. And not just Veteran’s Day, but the 100th anniversary of the end of what was thought then to be The War to End All Wars. There will be commemorations and...

Winners and losers

Elections of years gone by So it’s the Day After Election Day here in the United States. Some folks are celebrating because of candidates who won. Others are licking wounds because of candidates who lost. And all of us — The Legal Genealogist included...

Let there be light

Light bulbs, patents and genealogy There’s a wonderful daily feature from the United States National Archives (NARA) called Today’s Document. Once upon a time, you could get it on your phone or tablet, but software issues put an end to that, so now we need...

Whither the poor

Check the poorhouse records The poor, it is said, are always with us. Except when the records say they’re not. At least on an individual basis, sometimes the records tell us just what happened to a person who was down on his or her luck and ended up for a time...

NARA virtually

The fair and more online If there’s one thing The Legal Genealogist loves to do in combination with research or networking with other genealogists, it’s getting out to see some of this amazing world of ours. And, this week, after the semiannual meeting of...

Directing Kansas

Don’t forget the farm directories So The Legal Genealogist will be headed off this coming weekend to Overland Park, Kansas, for the 2018 Annual Seminar of the Johnson County Genealogical Society. We’re going to explore a range of topics — everything...

Tennessee from A to Z

The names in the petitions There are very few record sets The Legal Genealogist loves more than legislative petitions. The right to petition for redress of grievances has been part of Anglo-American history since the Magna Carta in 1215.1 A resolution of the House of...