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Now! For NYC records — now!!

Speak out for NYC access Now. Now, now, now! Today, without fail. If you care about keeping access to critical vital records, today is the day to speak out, on the latest battleground where this fight is being fought: New York City. Tomorrow, the 24th of October, is...

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Reprise: Elizabeth’s courage

A tale of courage and fidelity The Legal Genealogist is in Iowa today, for the second day of the Annual Fall Conference of the Iowa Genealogical Society. And it's impossible to be here in Iowa without being struck, once again, by the courage and fortitude of one...

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Books not just for lawyers

Regional case resources It was first published in 1879. It was the first of its kind, and to folks out on the Great Plains, it was a critically needed resource. And, today, it can be exceedingly useful not just to lawyers, but to genealogists as well. It's the North...

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Marking Iowa

Those historical markers Anything, but anything, can be used as a genealogical source. That's the message we can all take away from a great piece by Thomas W. Jones in OnBoard, the newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, entitled “Perils of Source...

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Finding Iowa laws

The laws of the Hawkeye State It's the mantra of The Legal Genealogist. Repeated over and over until long-time readers and conference goers can chant it along with me. To understand the records, we have to understand the law. And not just the law in general, but the...

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