Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

San Antonio! It’s time for the Federation of Genealogical Societies to shine in the Lone Star State: the 2014 FGS Conference is underway here in San Antonio. Yesterday was Librarians’ Day; today is Societies’ Day; the general conference gets underway … Continue reading

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Literally So The Legal Genealogist is on the road today… Gone to Texas! To the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio, to be precise. The city where my great grandparents were married in 1896. The state where … Continue reading

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98 years of National Parks It is a most unprepossessing piece of legislation, the act that appears in volume 39 of the U.S. Statutes at Large. It begins, mundanely, by noting that it was “enacted by the Senate and House … Continue reading

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Richard Ivan Moore, 1939-2014 “Am I a keeper?” he asked. The question came unexpectedly at the end of the visit where The Legal Genealogist had gotten to know members of the extended family for the first time. It came about … Continue reading

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Only in our hearts Thursday of this past week would have been her 116th birthday. My grandmother, Opal E. Robertson, oldest of the four children of Jasper and Eula (Baird) Robertson, was born 21 August 1898, in Eagle Lake, Colorado … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s colonial inmates So earlier this week The Legal Genealogist set off to explore the use of the term “inmate” in U.S. census records. The blog post began: “When is an inmate not an inmate? Or, more accurately, when is … Continue reading

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The self-inflicted wound… Okay, The Legal Genealogist has really done it this time. There was this blog post last week, see, about a fun walk the Federation of Genealogical Societies was doing to support the Preserve the Pensions effort. For … Continue reading

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Next in an occasional series on terms of use So… once more into the breach, dear friends. This is the fourth time The Legal Genealogist has visited the terms of use area of Find A Grave, the huge and hugely-popular … Continue reading

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A matter of definition When is an inmate not an inmate? Or, more accurately, when is an inmate not the kind of inmate we might expect? Not, that is, a prisoner. And the answer is: much of the time. In … Continue reading

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DNA in DC Wow. That’s all The Legal Genealogist can say. It’s all any of us who were fortunate enough to attend the first Institute for Genetic Genealogy, held this past weekend in the Washington, D.C., area, can say. Wow. … Continue reading

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