January 3rd, 2007


Privacy, Public Records, and Genealogy

The beginning of a new year typically brings the effective date of new laws in many states. In the current era, many of these laws are intended to address privacy, identity theft, and security issues. Nobody will be surprised that on such important issues, legislators sometimes overreact. On the other hand, there are sometimes unintended consequences of well-intended laws. This …Continue reading →

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The Genealogy of Language

What language did your ancestors speak? Are you sure? If you were transported in time and space to meet an ancient ancestor, how well would you be able to communicate? Would it matter that the ancestor supposedly spoke “English”? What is “English” anyway? Do Creoles speak pidgin? What does Mickey Mouse have to do with the development of language? I’ve …Continue reading →

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