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Wherefrom Pinellas

One county's history The Legal Genealogist begins the 2018 lecture season on Saturday, February 24, at the Pinellas Genealogy Society's 2018 Seminar in Largo, Florida. Oh, my. Florida. In February. For someone who lives in the mid-Atlantic states where we had five...

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Of all the things…

The sounds of their voices This past Wednesday -- Valentine's Day 2018 -- marked the 100th anniversary of the marriage of two people. The Legal Genealogist's paternal grandparents, Hugo Ernst Geissler and Marie Margarethe Nuckel, were married at St. Jakobi Church in...

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Preemption and land law

A fancy name for squatter's rights When an ancestor benefited from federal preemption laws, just what exactly was he getting -- and why? The Legal Genealogist is off deep into the federal land laws as the result of a reader question -- and there will be more to come...

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How many more?

Action, not words A little more than five years ago, The Legal Genealogist tried to find words for the news out of Newtown, Connecticut. “The news out of Connecticut yesterday couldn’t have been worse,” that post more than five years ago said. “It was stunning....

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100 years ago today…

Valentine's Day anniversary The Legal Genealogist usually doesn't do family posts during the week but... It's Valentine's Day. And not just Valentine's Day, but the 100th anniversary of an event without which The Legal Genealogist wouldn't be here. One hundred years...

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