Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Videos from I4GG now available So you missed the first Institute for Genetic Genealogy (I4GG) near Washington, D.C., in August. A first-ever gathering of more than 400 people who wanted to know more about DNA and its use in genealogical … Continue reading

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Facts but not stories Today is the 119th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Carlton Livingston. Youngest of the nine children born to my second great grandmother Martha Louise (Shew) Baird Livingston, the eighth by Arthur’s father Abigah C. Livingston, … Continue reading

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Help in finding the laws Okay, The Legal Genealogist has a quick quiz for you: How do most genealogists refer to the law that allowed settlers to get federal land if they filed some paperwork and then lived on the … Continue reading

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Following the clues in the land records The land, the federal land records show, was originally earned by the soldiers. George Gordon, Private, Captain Hotchkiss’ Company, Massachusetts Militia, War of 1812. He was the warrant holder on 160 acres of … Continue reading

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Constitution Day 2014 It is The Legal Genealogist‘s mantra: To understand the records, we have to understand the law that created them. But somehow that seems awfully far removed from a lofty document like the Constitution of the United States, … Continue reading

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And the winners are… On 1 September 2014, for the third year in a row, John D. Reid of the blog Anglo-Celtic Connections asked genealogists around the world to vote for their favorite genealogy “rockstars” — people he described as … Continue reading

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Copyright and sharing The Legal Genealogist received a question from a reader that can only leave you shaking your head. “I belong to (a chat group),” she wrote. And, she went on: We have a (person) who volunteered to moderate … Continue reading

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Something to plan for So the question came up more than once yesterday when The Legal Genealogist and the Chicago Genealogical Society together explored the uses of DNA in genealogical research at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library: Who owns your … Continue reading

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Finding the unexpected So The Legal Genealogist is on the road (again) (yeah, what else is new, I know, I know), this time in Chicago where I have the honor of speaking to the Chicago Genealogical Society today. It’s going … Continue reading

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Thirteen years ago today. It is, once again, September 11. A different September 11th from that one, 13 years ago. That September 11th was one of those glorious days we sometimes get in early September, with crystal-clear blue skies and … Continue reading

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