Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Those forgotten other names She was married 109 years ago today, in the City of Chicago, Cook, County, Illinois. Hattie Geisler — oldest sister of The Legal Genealogist‘s grandfather Hugo Ernst Geissler — was married on this date 109 years … Continue reading

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The judicial kind No, The Legal Genealogist isn’t taking a break. I do that on occasion, but this isn’t one of them. Instead, this is to share an answer to a question from a Facebook friend, who was puzzled when … Continue reading

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So much to be thankful for It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, and The Legal Genealogist has so much to be thankful for. I woke up this morning, warm and safe. I woke up in a building with … Continue reading

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Not as easy as it sounds Reader Maureen was delighted with the Census Bureau publication that set out the directions to the census takers in each U.S. census from 1790 through 2000 that was featured in Monday’s blog post, Read … Continue reading

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In the ABAJ top 100 It all began around this time in 2013, when The Legal Genealogist got an email with a return address of — and almost deleted it. I figured it was a pitch for membership in … Continue reading

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What the enumerators were told What’s an “inmate” on a United States census return? Who was listed as the “head of household”? What was a “housekeeper”? And why in the world isn’t the however-many-great-grandaunt born in May listed on the … Continue reading

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Proving John Locke Reader James Hawk made an exciting find — he might be related to 17th century English philosopher and physician John Locke. That is Definitely Cool. In capital letters. Locke — born in 1632 in Wrighton, Somerset, England … Continue reading

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A memory of a touch It is, sometimes, the little things that mean the most. That stick with you the longest. That become the memories you cherish for a lifetime. The Legal Genealogist has a ton of relatives, courtesy of … Continue reading

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The price tag for cheaters They didn’t really mean that, did they? The Legal Genealogist is probably more at home in those old statute books than most folks. I certainly poke around in them more than most folks do. But … Continue reading

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The case of the collision The Legal Genealogist is familiar, as we all are, with the phrase about two ships passing in the night. The notion is that, in the darkness out at sea, two ships can pass even fairly … Continue reading

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