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For the common law crowd Reader John Sparrow took one look at yesterday’s post about Black’s Law Dictionary and shot off a question. “Do you know if there are similar books for England and/or Australia?” he asked. “If so, could … Continue reading

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Best for genealogy Reader Pam Anderson had a great question after trying — and failing — to find a truly archaic legal term in her pocket copy of Black’s Law Dictionary. “On the Black’s Law Dictionary,” she asked, “any recommendations … Continue reading

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Looking beyond mere geography The Legal Genealogist would never have thought of going to Philadelphia to research her North Carolina ancestors. Or to consider in more detail the death of George Washington at his beloved estate Mount Vernon in northern … Continue reading

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… and they could have figured it out… As genealogists, we learn to use all kinds of tools in our research. We use land records and probate records. We seek out court minutes from dustry corners of old courthouses and … Continue reading

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Excluding and including the Indian There is a curious phrase in the Constitution of the United States. It appears in Article I, section 2, and it appears again in the 14th Amendment. In Article I, the Constitution provides that Representatives … Continue reading

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The first one, that is Have you, as a genealogist, offered up your most sincere thanks to the members of the United States Congress? The Legal Genealogist has — a statement that may surprise those of you who’ve managed to … Continue reading

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One-stop shopping for Texas statutes The Legal Genealogist‘s Texas-born-and-bred grandmother would have taken one look at yesterday’s snowfall and shaken her head at the idea that her grandchild had to get up at oh-dark-thirty and catch a plane to the … Continue reading

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Why not the mother? Reader Jeanie Attenhofer was struggling to understand what happened when her third great grandfather died in 1828. He was killed, she said, along the Santa Fe trail — shot with his own gun (“he fell asleep … Continue reading

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NYG&B’s new Guide New York is such an important location for genealogists. It’s important for those who, like The Legal Genealogist, have immigrant ancestors who came through Ellis Island or Castle Garden to begin their new lives here in the … Continue reading

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Paid to “loyal” owners It was February 1864. The war had dragged on for nearly three years. And both sides were desperately concerned about one irreplaceable resource: manpower. Southern conscription laws, bitterly resisted by some Confederate states, had gone into … Continue reading

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