Monthly Archives: January 2012

Caveats and devisavits and legal Latin. Oh my! Any human being who’s ever bought something and then regretted it has heard the phrase “caveat emptor” (let the buyer beware)1 — usually from the seller of the item. And those of … Continue reading

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Land ownership and the ladies in 1846 Indiana — what’s the law? Got a question from reader Laurie Huey that’s just too good to try to paraphrase. Here’s her version of the fact pattern: Shortly after Miss Ancestor married Mr. … Continue reading

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Sounding a call to action to save our access to the SSDI On Thursday of this coming week (February 2, 2012), the Subcommittee on Social Security of the House Ways & Means Committee in Washington, D.C., will hold hearings that … Continue reading

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If you’re a male with the name Faure, Fore or Ford, and you’ve documented your descent from the Faure family of Manakin Town, Virginia, I want your DNA. If you know a male with the name Faure, Fore or Ford, … Continue reading

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What a birth certificate does… and doesn’t… prove We put a lot of emphasis as genealogists on original documents, and oh BOY do we like anything we can think of as direct proof. When I found a birth certificate that … Continue reading

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Was it divorce or dalliance in early Maritime Canada? Reader Dave Mitchell of South Africa poses a challenging question to The Legal Genealogist: “Was there such a thing as divorce in the Canadian Maritimes ca. 1820? … If so, are … Continue reading

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True or false: A marriage bond was an intention to marry — a reflection of an official “engagement.” A man who had proposed to a woman went to the courthouse with a bondsman, and posted a bond indicating his intention … Continue reading

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A reader asks how old a man would have had to be to join the Army for WWI. Reader Kelly Leary has a problem with her American-based research on an immigrant ancestor: “My ancestors don’t go back to far on … Continue reading

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What conclusions can we draw from a marriage permission in Illinois in 1850? Not quite as much as we might hope… Reader (and distant cousin) Kay Haden1 asks: “I have a marriage permission from Schuyler Co, Illinois, 1850. The father … Continue reading

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DNA results are not always what they seem at first glance. I was walking through the exhibit hall at the National Genealogical Society conference in Salt Lake City in 2010 when I came across Bennett Greenspan, President of Family Tree … Continue reading

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