Category Archives: Resources

Finding resources So one question from yesterday’s Legacy Family Tree webinar, The Ties That Bond, keeps coming up. Where, oh where, can I find those bonds? Marriage bonds, bastardy bonds, official bonds, appearance and bail bonds — they’re all among … Continue reading

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Just fifty years ago today “Imagine,” a Library of Congress website suggests that schoolchildren ask themselves, “that you are finally old enough to vote in your first election. But, do you have enough money?”1 The fact is, it was just … Continue reading

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Historical weather info It seems sometimes like the only topic on anyone’s mind is the weather. “Cold enough for you?”1 “How much snow did you get?”2 Yesterday morning, on the New York Times website, the headline read: “Snowstorm Closes City’s … Continue reading

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The dissenting vote It was the court that wasn’t, not really, helping establish the town that wasn’t, not really. And somebody had the audacity to vote no. You just have to love Texas. The records are in a minute book … Continue reading

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The faces of crime How fitting is it that we all spent an hour with Trisha Yearwood’s deer-stealing ancestor last night… and we get to spend an hour today with the records of the federal penitentiaries as part of the … Continue reading

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USCIS Historical Laws So three of the lectures to be streamed today and tomorrow at the National Archives’ Virtual Fair focus on immigration and naturalization. Today at noon Eastern time, Elizabeth Burnes of the National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri, … Continue reading

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Biographical Directory of Federal Judges George Washington named 38 of them, 15 before the first of January 1790. Barack Obama has named 201, 29 of them so far this year. William Jefferson Clinton named the most — 372. The youngest … Continue reading

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Biographies of the lawmakers It begins, in strictly alphabetical order, with a man named Fisher Ames: AMES, Fisher, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Dedham, Mass., April 9, 1758; attended the town school of his native city and also received … Continue reading

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Next in an occasional series on copyright — the foreign letters Reader Cynthia Shenette has what she describes as “a wonderful pre and post WWII collection of letters, so informative and at times heartbreaking.” She hasn’t yet published them, in … Continue reading

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The missing generation The census records seem to tell a straightforward story. In 1870, Scottish-born Thomas and Margret Finlayson were farming in Baker County, Oregon. Both of the Finlaysons were in their mid-40s. Four girls, apparently their daughters, were enumerated … Continue reading

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