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Notarial records online

Options for 3 a.m. So you’re anxious to start having fun with notarial records? The ones mentioned yesterday, perhaps, from Orleans Parish that are at the Notarial Archives in downtown New Orleans?1 And you were disappointed that you couldn’t find every...

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Noting the notary

Not the same at all Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist noted that researcn in Louisiana — and particularly in Louisiana law — posed some unusual challenges. Because Louisiana’s legal system originated in the civil law tradition and not in the common...

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The lingo of Louisiana law

Getting help understanding civil law terms So The Legal Genealogist was down in Louisiana this past weekend, speaking at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. No, that’s not a church library. Anywhere else, it would have been called a county library. But...

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Who dat?

No Louisianans??? It is a very rare case when The Legal Genealogist speaks in a southern state and can’t reference direct ancestors. If I’m in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and...

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The final numbers

Great success in indexing The final numbers are in and it turns out that last weekend’s Worldwide Indexing Event was a success beyond anything anybody hoped for or expected. We already knew that the sheer numbers were high: the plan was to gather up 72,000...

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No right to sharing

Nothing wrong with wanting a return Reader Ruth is offended when people post things on the internet and don’t make it easy for others to use them: I’ve noticed that some people claim “ownership” of photos of documents– they either claim...

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Legal relativism

Those pesky in-laws The Legal Genealogist can just picture it. Reader Susan Zabolotny is sitting there with a will from 1807, reading every word carefully, when she encounters the reference. You know — the reference. The one that says exactly what the...

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By the numbers

Success, and then some It was, by the numbers, a great success. The 2016 Worldwide Indexing Event was hoping to round up 72,000 people willing to spend roughly an hour each to help index some of genealogy’s most valuable historical records over the 72-hour...

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Really, 23andMe? Really?

Email says changes are coming “in days” The Legal Genealogist was one of many long-time 23andMe customers who got the email this past week. The one with the subject: “Coming soon: A new 23andMe experience.” The one that says that new “23andMe experience will be ready...

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Calling all indexers!

The 2016 event! The number stood at 166,275 as on just about 9 a.m. today. That’s 166,275 people ready, willing and able to pitch in, starting tomorrow, to help with one of genealogy’s great crowdsourcing events: the indexing of records through...

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