Category Archives: Court Cases

Supreme Court cases! Ancestors from Tennessee, anyone? If so, oh boy, is there a neat new resource you have got to check out. It’s an online index and ordering system for Tennessee Supreme Court case files. And while we can’t … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Some years ago, The Legal Genealogist addressed the question of what a moiety was in a land record. And, of course, because a moiety in real estate creates a … Continue reading

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A resource for territorial research There’s nothing The Legal Genealogist likes better than a first-class online source of legal information that’s useful in researching family history. Except maybe having a reader tell me about one I hadn’t known about before. … Continue reading

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Oh, the stories in those books So you start out reading a statute book of some of the very first laws in a jurisdiction, and practically the first thing you come across is a special law authorizing the movement of … Continue reading

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Wives occasionally did that… and got away with it A favorite topic of The Legal Genealogist is that of the legal rights of our female ancestors. Or, to be more precise, the absence of legal rights for most of our … 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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Dueling administrators Oh, the tales the court records tell… And it doesn’t really matters whose court records or where or why… there is always a story to be told. For some reason, The Legal Genealogist ended up poking around in … Continue reading

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Kudos to Harvard Law! Forty thousand law books. Forty million pages, give or take a few. Court decisions that begin with cases that were decided before the Constitution of the United States was even written. And — coming soon to … Continue reading

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Google wins over Authors Guild Google Books has won the latest round in its seemingly never-ending copyright-fair use battle with the Authors Guild over digitization of books for use online. In a decision handed down Friday, the United States Court … Continue reading

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What’s in which circuit where The Legal Genealogist knows better. Really. Even if I don’t show it as often as I should. I mean, you’d think after as many blog posts as I’ve written saying I should have seen that … Continue reading

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