Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Affirmative action 1850s style (Note: In honor of, and to get ready for, The Legal Genealogist‘s trip to the San Mateo Genealogical Society, this weekend, here’s a reprise of this post about San Mateo’s sole traders!) On the 29th of … Continue reading

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Next in an occasional series on copyright October of every year is designated as Archives Month, and archives around the country try to do something special in recognition of Archives Month. Today and tomorrow, for example, the National Archives is … Continue reading

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How old was he…? So many times, in genealogy, our ability to construct an argument that this person is related to that person in just this way depends on figuring out just how old somebody was at the time of … Continue reading

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Sometimes we just have to The Legal Genealogist‘s light reading just before setting off for this trip to Oregon for the Genealogical Forum of Oregon’s fall seminar was the current issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ). It’s one … Continue reading

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The infant terrorist There is a special reason why The Legal Genealogist is so very happy to be in Portland for today’s seminar of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. Two special reasons, as a matter of fact. One of them … Continue reading

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Discounts on registration! It’s really a bummer, not being independently wealthy, isn’t it? Sigh. Somehow there’s always more genealogy we want to do than we have time or money for. Life just isn’t fair! But being an early bird can … Continue reading

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Benefit of clergy, wager of “battle,” and petit treason (Note: In honor of, and to get ready for, The Legal Genealogist‘s trip to the Genealogical Forum of Oregon this weekend, here’s a reprise of this 2012 post about Oregon’s criminal … Continue reading

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The Beaver State (Note: In honor of, and to get ready for, The Legal Genealogist‘s trip to the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, this weekend, here’s a reprise of this 2012 post about Oregon’s constitution!) It was 1848 when it became … Continue reading

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Linking trees and DNA Big news on the genetic genealogy front today — an announcement from MyHeritage that it has partnered with 23andMe to provide a tie-in between the DNA information of 23andMe and the family trees and matching technology … Continue reading

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Access to Tennessee adoption records The question came up at the Tennessee Genealogical Society seminar this past Saturday, as it so often does. How can we as genealogists get access to adoption records? The particular question in this case was … Continue reading

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