Monthly Archives: May 2012

A federal land primer — for free The Legal Genealogist‘s Tuesday post highlighted the importance of reading and understanding the law behind any federal land transaction. The post was motivated in part by the 150th anniversary of the passage of … Continue reading

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Next in an occasional series on terms of use In this day and age of increasingly complicated and restrictive rules for accessing and using information on the web, it’s oh so refreshing to look at the “Terms and Conditions for … Continue reading

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Always read the land law Years ago, I learned that my great grandfather Jasper C. Robertson had acquired land in the Big Pasture area of pre-statehood Oklahoma — Indian Territory — by way of a sealed bid.1 But for years, … Continue reading

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Honoring those who served… and those who remembered Today is Memorial Day, and The Legal Genealogist pauses to honor those who have served… and those who have remembered them. Members of my family have served America since before it was … Continue reading

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How did they get that DNA sample anyway? It’s DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist, and reading about all those old cool DNA results from Neanderthals and other ancient folks (and beasts) got me to wondering: how in the … Continue reading

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Welcome to baby Isadora! Pour me a drink, my head is spinning! I got to celebrate — a girl! Somebody weave a chain of daisies; You’ve got to decorate a pearl. Tie her a bow of scarlet ribbons. We’ve got … Continue reading

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Happy quorum day They were supposed to convene on the second Monday in May, which happened that year to fall on the 14th. But when that fateful day arrived in the City of Philadelphia, those that gathered discovered they didn’t … Continue reading

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Mason Lee’s will So The Legal Genealogist gets a request from Charlie Purvis: Would you please give us an article discussing & summarizing an 1827 case – Heirs at Law of Mason Lee vs Executor of Mason Lee. (Marlboro County, … Continue reading

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A 19th century lawyer’s education Sherry Morgan poses a tricky question: How does one trace a lawyer’s education who was practicing law in 1850 in Louisiana, claims to have been born in Alabama with parents from North & South Carolina? … Continue reading

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Virginia court cases on CD There is very little in this world that The Legal Genealogist likes better than published reports of old court cases. But fully searchable CD-ROM versions of lots and lots of early court cases definitely make … Continue reading

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