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Researching Beyond Kin

“For every soul a story, a family a name.” Beyond our parents. Beyond our brothers and sisters. Beyond our grandparents, aunts and uncles. Beyond our cousins. Beyond even those who might be considered our kin. Beyond them all, our people had other people to whom they...

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A genetic privacy gamechanger?

The threat of H.R. 1313 The genetic genealogy community has called it our best friend. It's given us comfort when we've been challenged or attacked. It's given us cover when we've been concerned -- when our cousins have wondered if their test results would put them in...

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Remembering an Oklahoma pioneer

One special woman The Legal Genealogist cannot be here, in this particular place, at this particular time, without her thoughts turning to this one ancestor in particular. No, it's just not possible to be here in Oklahoma, during this week of March when we celebrate...

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That maternal line

In honor of International Women's Day Raised by the women who are stronger than you know A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth By your mother and her mother, the weavers of your cloth....

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That Dred-ed decision

Not even on Page One It wasn't even front page news, one hundred and sixty years ago yesterday. It was only on page 4 of the New York Herald.[1. “Decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Dred Scott Case,” New York Herald, 7 March 1857, p. 4, col. 5; digital...

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Remembering the Alamo

181 years ago yesterday You don't have to have Texas roots -- though The Legal Genealogist does, and deep ones -- to be moved by the story. It began on February 24, 1836, with the battle cry: “Victory or death!”[1. See “The Travis Letter - ‘Victory or Death’,” Texas...

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Getting a GRIP – July 2017 courses

Registration opens Wednesday So you didn't make it to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January. And you didn't register for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) or the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh for their June...

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DNA on Cyndi’s List

A resource worth supporting If you needed to know something about DNA testing, and you weren't sure of the answer, where would you look? Oh, sure, you could enter your search terms into your favorite search engine, and with some luck and a fair amount of effort, hope...

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The maiden name

A family for Melinda It stands out there, in The Legal Genealogist's database. The birthdate, given in detail, as March 4, 1859. And the name of the person born that day: Melinda. Maybe Malinda. Or something like that. Her married name: Baker. Not much of a surprise,...

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The lay of the land

Digitized plat books from Midwest Genealogy Center The clock has just ticked over from the 19th century to the 20th. It is right in the heartland of America: Jackson County, Missouri. And the year is 1904. So let's say that's what you're researching. Say, for example,...

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