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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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Just read this!

Plagiarism versus copyright infringement Sometimes, The Legal Genealogist understands, it’s just hard to wrap our heads around the differences between plagiarism and copyright infringement. We know, or we think we do, that plagiarism is when we pass off someone...

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That super writ

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. One of the very first tasks a new government engages in — if it’s smart — is setting up its courts. Not doing that is one of the reasons why the Articles of Confederation...

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Cool tool at FTDNA

Phased family matches So it’s DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist, and finally there has been enough time and enough information available to really play with a new tool from Family Tree DNA. It’s now possible, by adding even a skeletal family tree to...

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