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 testate intestacy

When the testate estate isn't Genealogists worth their salt know that an estate can be testate or intestate. Testate, meaning an estate where the person who has died “has made a will; one who ...
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Getting closer!

Another Battles match The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will (I devoutly hope) say it again and again: I love cousins. I especially love cousins who are willing to donate just that ...
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The non-anniversary

Not 143 years ago today It ain't necessarily so It ain't necessarily so The t'ings dat yo' li'ble To read in de Bible, It ain't necessarily so. -- Ira Gershwin, “It Ain't Necessarily So” ...
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New Jersey’s laws

Historical laws in one place In anticipation of tomorrow's Genealogy and the Law day -- the annual seminar of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County in Mahwah -- The Legal Genealogist has been p ...
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Changes at AncestryDNA

The good, the bad and the ugly So yesterday was the rollout of the changes in matching systems for folks who've had DNA tests at AncestryDNA. And, as usual, there's good news and bad news in the ch ...
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