Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Happy World Book and Copyright Day 2014 So you have The Legal Genealogist‘s official permission — as if you needed it! — to go ahead and read a book today. And to honor the legal scheme — the notion of … Continue reading

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More than fighting words The indictment was returned in the fall term of court. The time: October 1878. The place: Mitchell County, North Carolina. Henry Masters, foreman of the Grand Jury, signed the document as a true bill, and it … Continue reading

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Standing with Boston Let this be a day of joy and accomplishment and, above all else, of peace in Boston.

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How to begin with DNA testing Reader Elizabeth and her half-brother share a mystery parent: a father who was absent from their lives and about whom they know next to nothing. And when Elizabeth finally found that birth father as … Continue reading

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Easter at the Farm We were not, as a whole, a particularly religious family. There is no tradition of revivals. No great awakenings. No soaring sermons that come to mind when The Legal Genealogist thinks back to Easters past. The … Continue reading

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Survival of records It is rarely the case, even in the worst of records disasters, that all is lost. Yes, the courthouse may have burned, but some records usually survived, and people often came back in after the fire to … Continue reading

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The clues in old New York So The Legal Genealogist had a great time last time with a very attentive group of genealogists at the Connetquot (New York) Public Library, talking about the legal rights of widows and orphans and … Continue reading

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Those good men, lawful and true It’s a phrase you see all over the court records, just about every time there’s a jury involved in the case. They are, the document will almost invariably inform you, good and lawful men. … Continue reading

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The notion of freedom dues More than one reader wrote in response to yesterday’s blog post about children bound out, either voluntarily or involuntarily, as apprentices or servants, noting that they were confused about the issue of when, how and … Continue reading

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Apprenticed or bound out So The Legal Genealogist was in Lakeland, Florida, this past weekend with the Imperial Polk Genealogical Society and one of the topics was the way the law dealt with widows and orphans. And the question came … Continue reading

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