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A genealogist with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CGSM , CGLSM , is a lecturer, educator and writer. [More]

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The double portion

The clues in old New York So The Legal Genealogist had a great time last time with a very attentive group of genealogists at the Connetquot (New York) Public Library, talking about the legal rights ...
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Term of the day: lawful man

Those good men, lawful and true It's a phrase you see all over the court records, just about every time there's a jury involved in the case. They are, the document will almost invariably inform ...
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No difference

The notion of freedom dues More than one reader wrote in response to yesterday's blog post about children bound out, either voluntarily or involuntarily, as apprentices or servants, noting that the ...
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The difference

Apprenticed or bound out So The Legal Genealogist was in Lakeland, Florida, this past weekend with the Imperial Polk Genealogical Society and one of the topics was the way the law dealt with widows ...
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On with the Battles

One step closer Let there be no question about one fundamental fact: The Legal Genealogist loves cousins. First, second, third, fourth, doesn't matter one bit, as long as (a) they are willing to ...
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