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DNA picks at FGS

DNA education at FGS Springfield So this is FGS week and The Legal Genealogist is now officially en route to the 40th annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Springfield, Illinois. The conference begins tomorrow, with a full day of lectures...

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Law picks at FGS

Law and law-related records at the conference It’s FGS week, and The Legal Genealogist is frantically polishing images for the 40th annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Springfield, Illinois. The conference gets underway Wednesday...

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Pulling the strings

Those disorderly puppets After yesterday’s post about disorderly persons in early Michigan laws, reader Ann Curtis Collins was puzzled. She wrote: “I would like to know the history of why these people were listed under this topic: ‘who exhibit or perform for...

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Disorderly conduct

What was it in early Michigan? So… your ancestor was charged in early Michigan with being disorderly. Just what exactly did he do? And no, The Legal Genealogist isn’t raising this question because of the conduct of any of the genealogists attending...

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The distraction of the law

A matter of definition So… it wasn’t a good idea to be distracted. Not in Delaware. Or the Dakota Territory. Not in the District of Columbia. Or in Iowa. Not in Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, or...

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