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To readers, with thanks…

And one in particular today... The best part of writing a blog is the readers. Those who share their ideas, their enthusiasm, their information so freely. And boy does The Legal Genealogist have great readers. Readers who forgive me when I'm so jammed with another...

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Indulge that inner law geek

Research those federal court cases The Legal Genealogist is in high cotton right now with the announcement by the Law Library of Congress of its new Federal Courts Web Archive. Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm a law geek. What can I say? The announcement by In Custodia Legis,...

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DNA doesn’t lie!

... or does it? It's one of the most-commonly-repeated statements in genetic genealogy: “DNA doesn't lie.” It's usually coupled with: “Families do.” And The Legal Genealogist isn't going to take on either of those. But -- as with almost everything in genealogy --...

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Don’t just take!!!

Ask before you use It's come up yet again in our community and The Legal Genealogist is going to try, one more time (and as often as needed in the future) to get this straight. It's generally not okay to take something we find online and simply use it. A colleague in...

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Moving forward at FamilySearch

Digitization: Those pesky icons & more The Legal Genealogist was as dismayed as anyone when FamilySearch announced back in June that microfilm ordering would be ended this fall... and there were some gaps in the new system for access to microfilmed records. Never...

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The 23andMe class action

Opt in or opt out Yes, it really is for real. No, it's not a scam. Yes, you will need to act to get the maximum benefit from it. “It,” in this case, is the settlement of a class action lawsuit against 23andMe that was handled by way of arbitration through the American...

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Reprise: something about California

Not even for a cable car ride This story has been told before. In February of 2014, to be exact, when The Legal Genealogist was in California for a different speaking engagement.[1. See Judy G. Russell, “Something about California,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 1 Feb...

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Gone to California?

Finding those wayward westerners It's a surname that's fairly uncommon, even today. In 1850, fewer than 3,100 people were enumerated in the United States census with the surname of Battles -- or any spelling variant of the name. By 1940, there were still fewer than...

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The business of California

Reading the ads In just about every county, in most cities and many small towns, there is one source a genealogist can count on at least for background information about the time and the place. It's the newspapers. Published once a week or once a day, sometimes less...

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