Monthly Archives: November 2012

Comparing terms of use So there’s a new player in the online access to newspapers field as of yesterday. launched its new website, joining and as the major players in the pay-for-play category. Now The Legal … Continue reading

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LOC Blogs Yesterday’s blog about Executive Orders mentioned one of The Legal Genealogist‘s favorite blogs, In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress. Almost immediately, a regular reader responded that she hadn’t been aware of that blog. Time and time past … Continue reading

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Not your everyday source He was born in Illinois in 1831, became a lawyer there in 1854, and answered the call of duty in 1861, soon coming under the command of a man who had raised a regiment from Illinois. … Continue reading

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Criminal court records From America’s first convicted murderer — a Mayflower passenger — to the 20th century gangsters and organized crime, criminal court records have documented a slice of American life that offers more pizzazz and bang for the buck … Continue reading

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Claimed versus owned My cousin Jim Poole is trying to nail down the land of one of our Pettypool forebears and ran into a problem of terminology. “I’m poring over a number of 18th century land memorials in South Carolina,” … Continue reading

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Archon Genomics X-Prize It’s a contest for us all, with $10 million going to the contest winners… and heaps of information that could help people live longer as the real prize for everyone. Oh, and maybe a less expensive whole … Continue reading

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Looking for Shew cousins One hundred and forty-three years ago today, they were probably a little nervous. Perhaps a little scared. Certainly more than just a little excited. Perhaps more than a little apprehensive. He was just 20 years old … Continue reading

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Changing again Facebook is at it again. Changing its terms of service again. It’s the third, maybe the fourth time this year. As changes go, they’re fairly small and they’re more transparent than you’ll find with nearly any other website: … Continue reading

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What I’m so grateful for “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.” “I should have called it Something you somehow haven’t to deserve.” Those are the words of the poet … Continue reading

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More copyright-free images Like many with an abiding interest in history, The Legal Genealogist has been riveted by the new Ken Burns documentary, The Dust Bowl, which is showing in two two-hour episodes on Public Broadcasting System stations around the … Continue reading

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