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The truth will out

Before the now-adult child tests “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” -- Edward Fitzgerald, Omar Khayyám There is one unavoidable essential...

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The house of childhood

Looking back, via Google Streetview They cut down the trees. Replaced the front and side hedges. Enclosed the backyard. Painted the house a color that isn't white -- and the house really should be white. But nothing that matters quite as much as the fact that they cut...

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And… and… and…?

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. It is one of the most valuable combinations of letters on the planet, if you happen to be a court clerk or a lawyer. And one of the most frustrating if you...

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Update on Preserve the Pensions

Cautiously good news from FGS The news has finally turned good, at least cautiously so, for the Preserve the Pensions project. And, along with The Legal Genealogist, the entire genealogical community -- all of us -- we all need to keep our fingers, toes and everything...

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Summer DNA sale 2017

Christmas in August again! Yes, this is a DNA post. Nope, it's not Sunday. Your calendar is just fine. But hey... it's a sale. And every day counts when it comes to saving money on DNA tests, right? So... it's Christmas in August again, with the summer sale on all...

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2017 alphabet soup: G is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. The Legal Genealogist is still trying to catch up from the time constraints of the institute season... and it's not quite over yet. From the Midwest African-American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)...

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Whence the DNA differences?

Why results aren't always the same Reader Michelle Schohn found herself confronting a fairly common conundrum with her autosomal DNA test results. “I took DNA tests in 23andme and Ancestry, and uploaded the results to gedmatch.com,” she wrote. “The tests are not a...

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The time machines

Transporting us to the past They are not flowers. Not really. Queen Anne's lace. Clover. Wild daisy. Chicory. Black-eyed Susan. Birdsfoot trefoil. Oh, they look like flowers, for sure. Wildflowers, most people would say. Even weeds, to some. But that's not what they...

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2017 alphabet soup: F is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. The Legal Genealogist is sprinting to the finish line of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh at LaRoche College. Rick Sayre and I co-coordinate this class, Law School for Genealogists,...

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2017 alphabet soup: E is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. The Legal Genealogist survived the first two of this summer's institutes -- the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Genealogical Institute on Federal...

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