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WOTD: Recommendatory

The language of the law To keep readers from feeling bereft while The Legal Genealogist is at summer camp for genealogists this week — otherwise known as the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama — the blog this week will focus on terms...

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Word of the day

Word of the day: heartbreaking Today is the first day of classes at the 2016 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). The Legal Genealogist is teaching and has a set of word-of-the-day posts ready to go because this will be such a busy week. Except that...

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Term of the day: DNA

What do we mean by that? DNA Today is the start of the week-long Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). It’s the last year that IGHR will be at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; next year the Institute moves to the University of Georgia...

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Sunset in Rising Sun

The end of an era It’s never entirely unexpected when the news comes of the end of a life lived long and well. Any time you can honestly say that someone was vibrant and with it and dynamic almost to the age of 97, loved by her family and her friends and...

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Baby talk

Infants under the law In reviewing the ways to research Missouri laws yesterday, or indeed the laws of any jurisdiction we’re trying to review, The Legal Genealogist mentioned the need to be “fairly inventive … in using search terms” when trying to find...

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Show Me Laws

Statutes in the Show Me State Reader Melissa Weaver loved reading earlier this week about the widows’ appraisements in Pennsylvania under a statute adopted there in 1851. But, she said, her research problems weren’t focused on Pennsylvania. She really...

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The Act of 14 April

The widow’s appraisal One cow worth $10.00. Three dollars worth of bacon. A spinning wheel valued at 25 cents. A rifle worth $7.50. A chest valued at 25 cents. Four beds worth $15.00. A clock valued at 50 cents. Eight chairs and two tables and one bureau and one...

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Guarding the pension

Why not Mom? Reader Sharon G. Whitney simply couldn’t wrap her head around what the Delaware County, Indiana, Circuit Court thought it was doing in 1890. That was the year, she reported, that the United States Bureau of Pensions finally got around to awarding a...

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O Canada!

Canadian resources not to be missed The Legal Genealogist was honored to be among the featured speakers at this past weekend’s 2016 Ontario Genealogical Society conference — Genealogy on the Cutting Edge — in Toronto. It was wonderful!! More than 700...

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Blurring the lines

Protecting matches’ privacy So The Legal Genealogist is in Toronto, Canada, for the 2016 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference, and wow… more than 700 registered and very enthusiastic attendees have made this a truly wonderful conference. My own...

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