Category Archives: Resources

Behind the tax record So… yesterday The Legal Genealogist wanted to make a point about the kinds of records that can be used to help reconstruct a family’s history. Because I’m headed off this weekend to the spring seminar of … Continue reading

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… there are records When Teresa Wensinger died in San Francisco, California, in December 1905, she left a substantial estate including property in Sonoma County. Her real estate ultimately was valued at more than $190,000, and her personal property at … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Some years ago, The Legal Genealogist addressed the question of what a moiety was in a land record. And, of course, because a moiety in real estate creates a … Continue reading

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Is this juror your guy or not? So you’re sitting there with your court records for the early days of the State of Wisconsin… and you see someone you think is your guy on a list of jurors. The Legal … Continue reading

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Laws to change names “Oh,” so many people say, “there’s nothing to be found in those old law books that’s worth the effort of finding them.” “Oh,” The Legal Genealogist hears time and again, “there’s really not going to be … Continue reading

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No strikeout here!! This is a day when The Legal Genealogist should be totally distracted. When deadlines, new lectures, syllabus materials and even (gasp) the pay-the-bills job should all be set aside for a few hours. When instead of census … Continue reading

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Maryland’s early vital statistics law It was one of those laws that The Legal Genealogist loves … indeed, that would warm the cockles of the heart of any genealogist anywhere. Passed by the General Assembly of Maryland — that state’s … Continue reading

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One-stop shopping This Saturday, March 26th, The Legal Genealogist is getting together with a whole bunch of Maryland genealogists at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore for the Pratt Annual Genealogy Lecture — four lectures, in all, focusing on … Continue reading

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Arizona Memory Project So this past weekend The Legal Genealogist had the chance to spend a whole day, and then some, reviewing the law and genealogy with the Family History Society of Arizona. It was a blast. And it was … Continue reading

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State and federal private laws In March of 1837, a New Englander named Horace White arrived in what is now Rock County, Wisconsin, and decided to stay. He was acting, in part, as the agent of the New England Emigrating … Continue reading

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