Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Worldwide Indexing Day a success! So the goal was to have 50,000 people indexing and arbitrating index entries over a 24-hour period. That would set a new record… not to mention getting one whale of a lot of new index … Continue reading

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Reminder: it’s pool day! Today is the day. There are only a few hours left. The Worldwide Indexing Event at FamilySearch is underway. You can read all about it here at The Legal Genealogist, but don’t just read about it … Continue reading

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Talk to me, please! Dear DNA cousins, You know who you are. You’re the ones who’ve recently tested with 23andMe. Your results have only just come in within the last little while. One of you is projected to be The … Continue reading

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What’s in a name, anyway? You can’t help but feel sorry for those in The Legal Genealogist‘s family who take up the reins a couple of generations from now. I’d hate to be there while they try to figure out … Continue reading

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And the difference is… So the peripatetic antics of The Legal Genealogist lead to northern Virginia tonight… and the annual dinner of NIGRAA — the National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association. The Institute, known as NIGR (pronounced NY-jer), is … Continue reading

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Indexing marathon What are you doing this coming Sunday and Monday, July 20-21? Some of us, of course, The Legal Genealogist included, will be arriving at and beginning our learning experiences at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Some … Continue reading

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Mason of Texas You never know what you’re going to find in a statute book. Really. The Legal Genealogist is the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of Texans, so it’s always fun to have time to poke around in old … Continue reading

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Civil law meanings You can see it, right there. It’s the very last section of the law. And there, Louisiana’s law says, “When the substantive law of this state would be applicable to the merits of an action brought in … Continue reading

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Next in an occasional series on copyrights for genealogists. Reader Lee was confused about his right to use images of articles and other contents of newspapers from his state that he was accessing through microfilmed copies at his local library. … Continue reading

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Promethease: a place to start It is and has always been a common question among people thinking about DNA testing, and it’s one that’s perplexing reader Madge Gunia. “Where should I go for info on health and family members?” she … Continue reading

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