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Pulling the strings

Those disorderly puppets After yesterday’s post about disorderly persons in early Michigan laws, reader Ann Curtis Collins was puzzled. She wrote: “I would like to know the history of why these people were listed under this topic: ‘who exhibit or perform for...

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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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Remembering Camp Douglas

Getting the stories told Chicago genealogist Tony Burroughs posted on Facebook this past week that he had signed a Change.org petition to urge that Camp Douglas be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Being a genealogist and historian and knowing the...

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Top 10 genealogy websites

From the legal genealogy perspective The Legal Genealogist has to play along. James Tanner started it, in his “My Top Ten Genealogy Programs for Now” post on his blog, Genealogy’s Star, on August 14th. Randy Seaver joined in with his post, “My Top Ten Genealogy...

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The friendly intervenor

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. In November of 1860, the Indiana Supreme Court was called on to review a case from the Morgan County Court of Common Pleas. (You’d never guess, of course, that The Legal Genealogist is heading...

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Warding off trouble

Detroit’s city wards Reader David Reed is looking for help in locating specific Michigan death certificates from the late 1800s. It seems that David has found that the certificates he needs were recorded and so are now organized by the wards in Wayne County,...

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