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Windmills and schoolhouses and more It was, of course, inevitable. The email came in before most folks had even read the blog post yesterday about the marvelous legacy of top-notch photography that Carol McKinney Highsmith is leaving to Americans.1 “More,” … Continue reading

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The gift of Carol Highsmith It isn’t possible to overstate what genealogists — and Americans — owe to Carol Highsmith. She hasn’t, to The Legal Genealogist‘s knowledge, indexed a single census record. She hasn’t transcribed a single court record. She … Continue reading

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The archival goodies He was 44 years old on that first of September, 150 years ago this year. He was born in Warren County, New Jersey, in the northwestern part of the state, lived in Bethlehem, in Hunterdon County in … Continue reading

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The bills “Bloodless Impromptu Duel” reads the one headline in an early Richmond, Virginia, newspaper: A difficulty occurred yesterday evening between Messrs. Dabney G. Baker and L. E. Sale at the store of the former …, during which several shots … Continue reading

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Among the earliest New Jersey birth records It is always a joy for The Legal Genealogist — indeed, for any genealogist — to come across a record we didn’t know existed. And it’s particularly a joy when the record reads … Continue reading

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400,000 images released Within the last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced that it was making 400,000 high-resolution digital images of works in its collections available on its website — free for non-commercial use. No … Continue reading

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Happy World Book and Copyright Day 2014 So you have The Legal Genealogist‘s official permission — as if you needed it! — to go ahead and read a book today. And to honor the legal scheme — the notion of … Continue reading

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Survival of records It is rarely the case, even in the worst of records disasters, that all is lost. Yes, the courthouse may have burned, but some records usually survived, and people often came back in after the fire to … Continue reading

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Getting off the beaten track One of the great joys of traveling around the country speaking about genealogical topics is having that hour, here and there, to take a look at the vast resources and records that exist tucked away … Continue reading

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And free to boot Most of the time, when The Legal Genealogist writes about copyright, it’s to say there’s a reason why some things — images, documents, whatever — can’t be used freely in our genealogy. Usually there’s someone out … Continue reading

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