Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Jade: “Every event has its context” So a comment came in to the blog this morning that’s simply too good to just sit in the comments section, where oftentimes folks who’ve already read a blog post won’t see it. Reader … Continue reading

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An original question Reader Phyllis McLaughlin is a collector of old photographs and is struggling to balance her desire to use the photos she buys with the mandates of copyright law. And discovering, of course, that the balance is always … Continue reading

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Mama as guardian Yesterday’s blog about the man being named guardian of his sister’s children sparked the inevitable flurry of “but… but… but…” comments from folks who had seen cases where women had in fact been named as guardians of … Continue reading

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Why not the mother? Reader Jeanie Attenhofer was struggling to understand what happened when her third great grandfather died in 1828. He was killed, she said, along the Santa Fe trail — shot with his own gun (“he fell asleep … Continue reading

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What DNA can tell us Every so often, even those of us who work with DNA test results on a regular basis are just astounded, not just by what DNA can do … but even more by what stories it … Continue reading

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Sixty years ago today There is something very wrong with this picture. Yes, this specific picture. The one you see here on this page. Not to mention the one that greets me every day when I stagger down the hall … Continue reading

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Indiana House restores funding It’s not exactly time to breathe a deep sigh of relief — not yet — but there is reason for cautious hope in Indiana these days. The House of Representatives in the Hoosier State has voted … Continue reading

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…get discounts on registration! For so many reasons, we all can’t wait for February to end. Snow, cold, ice, slippery roads, all the things that winter brings and that make getting around so very difficult are heading out as February … Continue reading

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You say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to The son of The Legal Genealogist‘s niece is a little boy named Jack. He is my brother’s first grandson, the light of all of their lives, and a total charmer whom I had the … Continue reading

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That cousin The Legal Genealogist is swooning. Seriously. Head over heels over a male of the species. And he’s not even tall, dark and handsome. He’s short, sandy blond and adorable. He’ll be a year old tomorrow, and he’s my … Continue reading

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