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Family Tree DNA changes: a work in progress

Not ready for prime time There are changes underway at Family Tree DNA to the way that matches are presented, particularly Family Finder autosomal matches. As long as you have certain close relatives who have tested — first cousins or closer — and as long...

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The handful

Musings for the birthday of a much-loved uncle It’s one of The Legal Genealogist‘s favorite family pictures. In part, because of what it tells us about the boy in the picture. And in part because of what it tells us about the woman who took the picture and...

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SLIG registration tomorrow

Get in early to guarantee choice Have you been suffering in silence this summer as genealogist after genealogist posted about their wonderful experiences at what The Legal Genealogist calls “summer camp for genealogists”? Wishing you’d been there at the last...

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His name is Martin

And I fear for his life This is not a genealogy blog post today. Not exactly. It’s certainly a family blog post. And it is one of a desperate fear. A fear on behalf of a little boy The Legal Genealogist loves as deeply as it is possible to love a little boy. A...

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MyHeritage and Geni: Part II

The differences: records and trees This past Sunday, The Legal Genealogist couldn’t quite figure out how Geni and MyHeritage (its parent company) fit together and how the new DNA offerings on both were to work and so invited MyHeritage to explain things....

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MyHeritage and Geni: Part I

The differences On Sunday, The Legal Genealogist set out to test the new DNA interface at Geni.com, and ran into a snag: trying to understand just how Geni fit into the MyHeritage corporate model. The more I tried to unravel it using the help at the MyHeritage and...

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July 4th… 2016

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the...

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Who’s on first?

Unable to untangle the pieces The Legal Genealogist had planned to do a test of the new Geni-Family Tree DNA interface for today’s DNA Sunday blog post. The information about this new link came in a press release, and you can read all about it here in the Geni...

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Bookends

Errors at beginning and end Tomorrow marks the 104th anniversary of the death of Martha “Mattie” H. (Johnson) Cottrell, who died in Frederick, Tillman County, Oklahoma — The Legal Genealogist‘s great grandmother. And reflecting on that event reminds me...

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A or E

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. What a difference a letter makes. So The Legal Genealogist is off again this week, at yet another summer camp for genealogists. This time, it’s the Genealogical Research Institute of...

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