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Mapping California

Part of America's treasures in an American treasure They range from 1680 to 2012. They are 230 in number. They originated with the United States War Department. With the National Park Service. With the State Mining Bureau. And with a wide variety of private...

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Confirming Isabella

Confirming Isabella Another solid X-match It's always comforting when the DNA evidence matches the paper trail. Especially when you've spent as much time researching a paper trail as The Legal Genealogist has spent on her second great grandmother, Isabella (Gentry)...

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Becoming unAmerican

When the law said “no you don't” One hundred and five (corrected) years ago tomorrow, a young couple married in Tarrant County, Texas. The bride: Maud Lillian Cottrell. Born 26 January 1890 to Martin Gilbert and Martha (Johnson) Cottrell and, thus, older sister to The...

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Finding Maryland law

One-stop-shopping for the law of the Old Line State The Legal Genealogist is off today, heading south for the Fall Seminar of the Maryland Genealogical Society... but not -- for once -- to an airport. No, this afternoon I'll be behind the wheel, since Maryland is well...

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An early Maryland resource

Colonial records online free It is one of the most compelling pieces of Maryland history. And one that many researchers have no idea exists... or where to find it. It's the Maryland Census of 1776 -- and in some counties it goes beyond mere heads of household to list...

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Beyond the city limits

Directories for the rest of us The Legal Genealogist had no sooner pushed the “publish” button on last week's blog post about city directories than the laments began. “I wish my people had lived in cities,” one wailed. “Mine were all farmers,” another complained. As...

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Another day, another statute…

... in Maryland's colonial legislature You have to wonder, just a little, about Maryland in the 1730s. The Legal Genealogist certainly did, last night, while poking around in early statutes in anticipation of this weekend's Fall Seminar of the Maryland Genealogical...

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Year 16… never forget…

16 years later... It was sixteen years ago today. A stunningly beautiful day, one of those early fall days in the northeast that fills your heart with joy as you inhale the crisp morning air under deep blue skies with brilliant sunshine. A day on which, you might have...

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Helping Houston

...while helping ourselves Sometimes it just takes that little extra something to push us over into pulling the DNA testing trigger. That little additional nudge that says: Now. Now is the time. Go ahead. Do it. And being able to help others, particularly those so...

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