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Don’t buy that book!

Reprise: Best for genealogy It is two years to the day today since reader Pam Anderson had a great question after trying -- and failing -- to find a truly archaic legal term in her pocket copy of Black's Law Dictionary. “On the Black’s Law Dictionary,” she asked, “any...

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Recording all the details

Family history is more than begats Yesterday's post about a resource on military legal history prompted friend and genealogical colleague Gordon Remington to offer his own reminder of another tome that genealogists will find useful. It's one The Legal Genealogist has...

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A guide to the laws of war

Digitized 1919 source book In case you hadn't noticed, The Legal Genealogist is a law geek. I mean, seriously. As in perfectly willing to stay up until all hours reading geeky stuff like, oh, the Mutiny Act of 1689.[1. See “Mutiny Act,” World Heritage Encyclopedia;...

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Update in AncestryDNA research consent

What you're agreeing to One of the most important aspects of DNA testing -- and one that is given short shrift by way too many people -- is the act of saying yes or no to the terms of service and research agreements asked of us. Every single company that we might test...

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In the swamp

Those other land acts The puzzlement of The Legal Genealogist over the migration of an ancestor from Alabama to Arkansas between 1850 and 1860 led to some research being done by readers, and some suggestions being offered. And one in particular needs some more...

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An Arkansas mystery

Whither Boston? If you take the northern route, to Chattanooga, then west through Nashville, it's about 535 miles. More directly west, through Memphis, it's more than 450 miles. Or south to Birmingham and then west through Memphis, still nearly 490 miles. No matter...

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A challenge for Arkansas

Digitize that book It's always such a pleasure for The Legal Genealogist to go poking around in digitized volumes of early statutes. There's always something to learn, in the pages of those early laws. About the way people thought in a particular time and place. About...

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Women in the Land of Opportunity

A place to start It is a statute almost unimaginable in its time and place. Passed by a territorial legislature far from the urban centers of the nation where it might have been expected. And it is noteworthy in so many ways. The statute? One The Legal Genealogist...

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… And sealing-wax

The place of the seal “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings.” -- Lewis Carroll, “The Walrus and The Carpenter”[1....

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Marching the weather

Historical data It's March 14th. The middle of the month. Six days to the spring equinox -- the vernal equinox -- the first day of Spring. This is what The Legal Genealogist's home neighborhood looked like yesterday. And... sigh... this is what it looks like today....

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