Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Another Battles match The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will (I devoutly hope) say it again and again: I love cousins. I especially love cousins who are willing to donate just that little bit of themselves that allows … Continue reading

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Not 143 years ago today It ain’t necessarily so It ain’t necessarily so The t’ings dat yo’ li’ble To read in de Bible, It ain’t necessarily so. – Ira Gershwin, “It Ain’t Necessarily So” There is a Family Bible owned … Continue reading

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Historical laws in one place In anticipation of tomorrow’s Genealogy and the Law day — the annual seminar of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County in Mahwah — The Legal Genealogist has been poking around the old law books again. … Continue reading

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The good, the bad and the ugly So yesterday was the rollout of the changes in matching systems for folks who’ve had DNA tests at AncestryDNA. And, as usual, there’s good news and bad news in the changes. Enough to … Continue reading

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It’s a Sir Walter Scott kind of day for The Legal Genealogist: BREATHES there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said,   ’This is my own, my native land!’ Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d … Continue reading

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What exactly is a marriage bond? Time and again, whenever a marriage bond is referenced, the question comes up. What happens if the two people named in the marriage bond don’t get married? Isn’t there some kind of court action … Continue reading

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Losing another cousin Susan Hodges Payne Cosner Demitry. 13 July 1954. 15 November 2014. What can I begin to say about those years? How do I begin to say goodbye? How do I begin to describe the twinkling eyes, the … Continue reading

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Another great idea up in smoke Okay. The Legal Genealogist is now officially burned up. I mean really. Officially. And … sigh … in one very important sense, even literally. For one brief moment yesterday afternoon, sitting in the North … Continue reading

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Probate Monday Next in the series of webinars to be offered by the Board for Certification of Genealogists is Monday’s webinar — “‘Of Sound Mind and Body’: Using Probate Records in Your Research” — presented by Michael Hait CG. Created … Continue reading

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Documenting the American South Southern U.S. research can be… um … challenging. That’s a good word for amazingly annoyingly hair-pulling-out why-did-my-people-live-where-courthouses-burned frustrating. Yesterday The Legal Genealogist got another dose of that frustration. I’m chasing one of my families through North … Continue reading

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