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The pets who’ve owned us

Masters and staff The old saw is that dogs have masters and cats have staff. The Legal Genealogist has only ever had two dogs, in long-ago childhood days, so can't really speak to the former. But I have been owned by cats essentially all of my life, and can certainly...

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Changing the rules

Can companies change their terms of use? Reader Cheryl Brownstein isn't happy about changes in the terms of use of genealogy websites -- AncestryDNA, in particular -- that occur long after a user begins using the website. “Can the company simply change the terms that...

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Garden State laws of yore

Finding New Jersey law Reader Bonnie Brown is in luck. Reading a great post by my friend and colleague Amy Johnson Crow (here), she has a lead on connecting her line to a Revolutionary War patriot. One hitch: she needs to know the laws of descent at the time and in...

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Such a deal…

The Legacy Family Tree Webinars sale Every so often, a sale comes along that's just too good to pass up. And right now, that's the sale at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, with a year's subscription on sale right now at 50% off -- or just $24.98 for a whole year of...

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The laws Down East

Look elsewhere for the answer Reader Noel Ferre found himself perplexed. “I found a court record, Maine 1695,which states only ‘Abraham Preble, married contrary to law,’” he wrote. “What would the law have been at that time?” A great question, because it reminds us...

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