A genealogist with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM , CGLSM , is a lecturer, educator and writer. [More]

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The last full measure

The fallen heroes In so many ways, The Legal Genealogist is so fortunate. Not one of my direct ancestors -- not a single one that I know of -- fell in battle. Or died of wounds. Or even, for wha ...
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Circling the Shews

Not a “potential descendant” Dear AncestryDNA, No, actually, I'm not a “potential descendant” of Simon Shew. I don't know how I can make it any clearer in my family tree -- and I don' ...
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Gretel and Adelheid

Putting names to faces A little less of a mystery. A little more of one. Until last night they were, simply, Gretel and Adelheid. I knew that they were sisters to my grandmother -- childre ...
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Jammin’ it up at Jamboree!

Registration deadlines coming up fast In just a little less than two weeks, genealogists will converge on Burbank, California, for what anyone who's ever been there will agree is one of the most fu ...
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The forms of 1918: Hoosier-style

One more set identified As those who joined The Legal Genealogist and Legacy Family Tree Webinars yesterday for “Martha Benschura: Enemy Alien” know now, when the United States entered World Wa ...
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