Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

NGS offers lots on genealogy and law More than a thousand genealogists are in the process of descending on Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the 2016 National Genealogical Society conference, which gets underway officially on Wednesday with a keynote address by … Continue reading

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All over the map Take a careful look at the chart below showing the ethnicity estimates of four people based on their autosomal DNA testing. All four were tested at the same company, all four analyzed against the same reference … Continue reading

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And relationships too So all this week The Legal Genealogist has been romping through the laws of the Province and State of New York as they impacted Orange County. That’s all been, in part, leading up to tomorrow’s spring seminar … Continue reading

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More stories in the statute books It was, there can be no doubt, a major feat in civil engineering for its time. Running along the Hudson River in the highlands of Storm King Mountain, the Storm King Highway — a … Continue reading

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More than wolves and panthers So you’re sitting there wondering if The Legal Genealogist is going to spend the whole week looking just at the laws of Orange County, New York. In fact, I may very well do just that, … Continue reading

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The bounty laws There is a story in every statute book… and sometimes in every statute. Like the story of the beasties of Orange County. Orange County, New York, is where The Legal Genealogist will be this Saturday, April 30, … Continue reading

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Fixing the county lines Genealogy trivia time. Here’s the question: When was the last time the borders of Orange County, New York, were fixed? The Legal Genealogist wanted to know, because this weekend is the spring seminar of the Orange … Continue reading

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The lure of DNA So The Legal Genealogist picked up some new cousins this week. Well, not exactly new, of course, but newly discovered, thanks to DNA. One is Gary. He lives in Texas, and he’s a third cousin once … Continue reading

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RIP Totsy Sometimes it doesn’t seem possible that it’s been 17 years already. And sometimes it feels like it’s been forever. Seventeen years. It was a Friday, April 23rd, 17 years ago. And my family was waking up to the … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. For someone trained in the common law — inherited from the British tradition, working in the records of the civil law is like working in a foreign country. And … Continue reading

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