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Bulking up the Marines

Great War height and weight limits Reader Bill Myers is looking for help with a family story. “My dad tells the story that he went to enlist in the Marines for WW I and they sent him back home because he was underweight,” Bill writes. “Then, he gorged himself on...

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Those percentages, if you must

Once more unto the breach It just doesn’t seem to matter. No matter how many times The Legal Genealogist says that the ethnicity estimates part of autosomal DNA tests are not a whole lot more than cocktail party conversation,1 that’s what so many people...

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Serendipity in action

The coincidences of life on the road So The Legal Genealogist is in Seattle for the 36th annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and, last night, was privileged to provide one of the conference’s keynote addresses. The...

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Not so long ago

Even here in the United States It’s called, in legal parlance, a restrictive covenant. It’s something The Legal Genealogist, and all genealogists, will encounter from time to time in the records we use to trace our family history. The dictionary definition...

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FGS & NPS: Mexican War indexing!

Join in indexing the Mexican War records! The Legal Genealogist needs your help. Actually, we all need to step up and help each other, because what’s being launched by the Federation of Genealogical Societies is going to help anyone who has an ancestor who...

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Following up: oh those circles!

Yes, they can be confusing So yesterday The Legal Genealogist tried to explain DNA Circles and New Ancestor Discoveries (NADs) from AncestryDNA in a plain straightforward way… … and some people ended up even more confused. So let’s hit a few more key...

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Circling the DNA clues

What Circles and NADs do, and don’t, tell us Reader Wadeanne Nardo is confused by her DNA results on AncestryDNA. “Could you please explain to me,” she asks, “what a DNA circle and NAD (New Ancestor Discovery) is.” It’s easy to see why Wadeanne is —...

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How many Georges?

Two… or only one? So The Legal Genealogist is in Frankfort, Kentucky, today for the 41st annual seminar of the Kentucky Genealogical Society. We’re going to have a lot of fun talking about basic court record, federal court records, copyright and even how...

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Straying far afield

Check the ads! They appear, with regularity, in the advertising columns of some of the nation’s oldest newspapers. In one column in a February 1792 newspaper published in Lexington, Kentucky, the focus was on cows: • “Taken up by the subscriber (James...

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Sale-ing away with FTDNA

Summer sale announced No, it isn’t DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist. Instead, it’s Christmas in August. Because Family Tree DNA has just announced its summer sale… and it’s a doozy. First off, there are package deals on a number of test...

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