Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

The meaning of a word It’s a powerful word. A fascinating word. To a law geek like The Legal Genealogist, a lovely word. And it’s a word, I suspect, most of us misuse just a wee bit on those occasions … Continue reading

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A five-minute survey Not for nothing has New York been called the “black hole” of northeast genealogy. With a complex legal and political history (it was Dutch before it was English,1 and its court system is about as complicated as … Continue reading

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Updated matching in Family Finder test announced No, it’s not Sunday, so it may seem a bit odd for DNA to be the focus of the blog today. But there’s a change coming to Family Tree DNA‘s matching system for … Continue reading

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Being there when you can’t be there Every year, every conference, it’s the same-old, same-old. “I can’t get time off from work.” “My kids are still in school.” “I can’t travel.” “I have family responsibilities.” The Legal Genealogist feels your … Continue reading

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Read the fine print The genealogy website MyHeritage announced this week that it’s launching a new DNA matching service. Using raw DNA files from testing companies such as Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA or 23andMe, and family tree files uploaded by … Continue reading

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Gaining a War of 1812 ancestor Every so often, you just have to check the records again. A name you thought you searched thoroughly once… well, you just need to do it again. And again. And again. In part, it’s … Continue reading

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Staying on top of records access issues The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will say it again and again: As genealogists, we need to be in the forefront of records access issues. If we can’t see the documents … Continue reading

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Milking every detail On the 6th day of December 1909, Carrie H. Viereck of Kent County, Delaware, was appointed guardian of the four Viereck children: Henry W., Jr., who was 15 years of age; Elizabeth V., who was 11; Mary … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. In the December 1865 term of the District Court for Poweshiek County, Iowa, Job Cushman sued George W. Chambers and Eliza Jane Chambers, his wife. The petition of the … Continue reading

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The records of renunciation It is a strong word, the word renounce. To the ordinary dictionary, it means “to give up, refuse, or resign usually by formal declaration (renounce his errors).”1 To the law, it means to “reject; cast off; … Continue reading

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