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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Finding Ray

The name's not the same It was a lesson not to be forgotten, taught by Uncle Ray. He was The Legal Genealogist's uncle by marriage, the husband of my mother's sister Carol. And, I remember, as I ...
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Records lost and found

What really was lost in 1897 Given The Legal Genealogist's deep German roots (my father was born in Germany and emigrated as a child), it's always a pleasure to speak to the German Genealogy Group ...
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We don’t always lose

A big records access win Sometimes, in the genealogical community, it seems like we lose every battle of importance when it comes to records access. We lost the fight to keep the Social Security ...
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The “Purpose” of a Source

A Case Study of Memorials for Union Soldiers Guest post by Jake Fletcher If your ancestor was an officer for the Union Army during the Civil War, there is a good chance his immediate family and ...
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The bust of 2015

No super moon eclipse here There will be no genealogy in The Legal Genealogist today. Nope. I'm pouting. Because my personal family history pages came up blank last night. You see, in ...
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