Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Historical weather info Okay, so The Legal Genealogist is a little distracted today. The forecast is for more than a foot of snow, maybe more than two feet of snow throughout the northeastern states, even here in Central New Jersey. … Continue reading

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Ask first So last week the question posed to The Legal Genealogist was whether the cousin who had paid for a DNA test should share the results with the cousin who took the DNA test. The no-brainer answer is yes.1 … Continue reading

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The anniversary questions The Legal Genealogist surely wasn’t surprised that they got divorced. My parents — who married 67 years ago today — were as different as chalk and cheese. He was formal German immigrant. She was folksy U.S. southern … Continue reading

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Library at risk in budget cuts One of Indiana’s great treasures, of immense value to genealogists, is on the political chopping block. Will you join The Legal Genealogist in speaking out against a proposal to kill the Genealogy Department at … Continue reading

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Two certificates, or more It never fails. Finish a blog post, get it posted, sit back, and somebody is sure to do it. Somebody will remind The Legal Genealogist of questions that woulda-coulda-shoulda been addressed the first time around. Yesterday … Continue reading

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That other death certificate The question popped up on a Facebook group, and a reader promptly alerted The Legal Genealogist to this most interesting issue. Why would a death certificate be issued by the State of Montana when the person … Continue reading

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One last bit of bragging The Legal Genealogist has had an awful lot of good news here lately. There was the inclusion in the American Bar Association Journal‘s “Blawg 100” list for the second year in a row.1 And then … Continue reading

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You snooze, you lose It’s that time of year again. Time to set the alarm, warm up the mouse hand and get ready. Because if you don’t move fast at a designated time tomorrow, the 20th of January, you’re going … Continue reading

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Access to results A question arrived by email a couple of days ago that left The Legal Genealogist simply shaking her head. “My cousin bought two DNA test kits and asked if I would like to use one,” the reader … Continue reading

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Thanking UGA and a whole team Saturday here at The Legal Genealogist is the time to talk about family stories and history. But occasionally it’s time to record The Legal Genealogist‘s own family story and history. And today is a … Continue reading

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