Category Archives: Resources

Order the scanned files Let’s face it. Genealogists are cheap. We want everything, we want it now, and — heaven forfend — we do not want to pay for it. We don’t want to pay for subscriptions to websites. We … Continue reading

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Re-recording history So The Legal Genealogist is in the last stages of preparing for a really fun webinar, taking place later today, sponsored by the Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region. It’s called “Inventing America – Records of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Treasury 3227 Reader Tom Phelps reported that he had “old copies of what appear to be applications for a Social Security Number, but they are a US Treasury Department Form 3227 (Application for Account Number).” And, he said, “I gather … Continue reading

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Did the lawyer appear before the High Court? Reader Jane Irish Nelson posed a great question to The Legal Genealogist: “My great-grandfather, James Tipton Cutler (1869-1933), a lawyer in Evansville, Indiana, supposedly argued a case before the Supreme Court. How … Continue reading

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Historical laws in one place In anticipation of tomorrow’s Genealogy and the Law day — the annual seminar of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County in Mahwah — The Legal Genealogist has been poking around the old law books again. … Continue reading

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Documenting the American South Southern U.S. research can be… um … challenging. That’s a good word for amazingly annoyingly hair-pulling-out why-did-my-people-live-where-courthouses-burned frustrating. Yesterday The Legal Genealogist got another dose of that frustration. I’m chasing one of my families through North … Continue reading

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At the Library of Virginia There is so much that The Legal Genealogist could say about this wonderful weekend in Virginia. I could start with a great big “Thank You!” to the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) for serving … Continue reading

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In the pages of the lawbooks Every so often, The Legal Genealogist comes across someone who looks at the sheer volume of statutory law that may have some genealogical value and is aghast. “There can’t really,” the person may whimper, … Continue reading

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Researching Virginia’s early laws So The Legal Genealogist is off again this weekend (can you tell it’s conference season?) and this time to a state through which just about all of my mother’s ancestors passed at one point or another … Continue reading

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With the so big message It’s just a little book, really. Only 58 pages including the index. Okay, so it goes all the way up to 62 pages if you throw in the introduction and the table of contents. It’s … Continue reading

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