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New Zealand 2017

Off to the Northland No doubt about it -- The Legal Genealogist is having a ball here in the Land of the Long White Cloud. I was honored to be one of the speakers at this past weekend’s 50th anniversary celebration of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists -- a...

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2017 alphabet soup: B is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Yep, The Legal Genealogist is still in Auckland, getting ready to be one of the speakers at this weekend's 50th anniversary celebration of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. I'm hoping to have...

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2017 alphabet soup: A is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. No, A isn't for Antipodes, although that is the part of the world where The Legal Genealogist is today. And it isn't for Auckland, where I'm to be one of the speakers at this weekend's 50th...

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Off Down Under: NZ first

New Zealand Society of Genealogist hit 50! It is The Legal Genealogist's honor and privilege to be one of the speakers this weekend at the 50th anniversary celebration conference of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. And my joy to be spending some time in this...

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Memorial Day 2017

Remembering the fallen and those who remembered them It is Memorial Day here in the United States; today is the official holiday, the end of the three-day weekend, during which we honor those who gave all for the cause of American freedom. It was added to the federal...

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Contesting DNA

And the winner is... What might you ... and the scientific community ... think was the most interesting DNA in the world? That was the question posed first to a panel tasked with deciding which entrants in the plant and animal category would reach the finalist stage...

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Odd cousin out

Thank heavens for books... and grandmothers... This is the Memorial Day weekend here in the United States -- and on the actual holiday itself The Legal Genealogist will speak of one particular loss in the family. But today... on the day reserved for writing about my...

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Sanborn online at LOC

A gift from Sanborn and the Library of Congress The genealogical community got the first installment of what's going to be a fabulous gift for research when the Library of Congress announced yesterday that nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps have gone online and...

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A deadly term

What the nephew was to inherit On the 20th day of July in the year 1861, a New Zealander by the name of Charles Trick executed his last will and testament. In many ways, there's really nothing unusual about the document. It's got the usual language about “by the Grace...

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Family feuds, Kiwi-style

Dueling administrators Oh, the tales the court records tell... And it doesn't really matters whose court records or where or why... there is always a story to be told. For some reason, The Legal Genealogist ended up poking around in records of the New Plymouth Court...

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