Dower and reversion and merger, oh my!

Because The Legal Genealogist is headed off to Detroit later this week for the amazing free Family History Festival at the Detroit Public Library, Michigan is getting some special attention here.

And there’s no question that can be more puzzling than the one asked by reader R.A. Hill in April 2012 about a Michigan land deal that left him baffled as they brought a lot of legal concepts into play.

I have written often about the need for both on-site and off-site backups to protect your precious digital data, family photographs, tax records, and more. If a hard drive crashes, what happens to the genealogy information you have spent hours compiling? How about your children’s or grandchildren’s baby pictures? Then again, what about the photograph of your great-grandparents?

First of all, I strongly suggest that every computer owner purchase one of today’s inexpensive external hard drives, plug it into the USB connector on your computer, and copy everything of value to that external drive.

Dear Readers,

My article “Soon the New Ancestry Will be the Only Ancestry” drew lots of response. Thank you for sharing your feelings about and experiences with the New Ancestry.com. Most of you who don’t like the New Ancestry shared particular grievances; good job! Some of you chipped in with solutions to some of the problems expressed. There’s another advantage of being particular. Thank you!

Family heirlooms are artifacts that provide comfort and a sense of connection to our heritage. They illustrate our family histories and provide memories of our loved ones. Passed down from generation to generation, often with a background story, they help preserve our heritage for future generations. We recently wrote about bizarre places to find family heirlooms. I grew up in a home where many pieces of furniture once belonged to my great-grandmother.

Not an outlier any more

In case you’ve been living on the dark side of the moon in recent years, DNA isn’t the new kid on the block any more.

It’s not an outlier in the genealogical community.

It’s part and parcel of what every genealogist should be doing, whenever it can provide relevant evidence in resolving a genealogical question.

And you don’t have to take The Legal Genealogist‘s word for it at all.

We remember our ancestors by their photos, which provide small glimpses into their world, and bring them to life once again. If preserved properly, photos offer lasting impressions for future generations. When looking at old photos of our ancestors, it's easy to wonder what they were thinking at that moment. Their ambiguous expressions leave us questioning. Were they happy? Were they sad? It's extremely rare to find 19th-century photos where people are smiling or showing any emotion.

Support for Preserve the Pensions

Imagine, if you will, 1,812 miles.

That’s roughly the distance from, say, New York City to Breckenridge, Colorado.

It’s roughly the distance from, say, San Francisco to Topeka, Kansas.

It’s roughly the distance from, say, Detroit to Lordsburg, New Mexico.

In other words, it is one humongous distance.

Now imagine, if you will, walking, running, biking or swimming every last one of those 1,812 miles.

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