Category Archives: Court Cases

The curious case of Jacob P. Dunn There’s no doubt about it: sometimes the law is just plain confusing. And there’s good reason why reader Patricia Taylor was a little bit puzzled by the language of a legal record she … Continue reading

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A win for the Irish tenant farmer Reader Robert Kirk is closing in on Samuel Kirk of County Cavan, Ireland, as a possible second great grandfather. And in gathering information about the man, he came across a news report of … Continue reading

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Recording families at birth Two years ago, The Legal Genealogist wrote about a New Jersey court case in which the question of the hour was, who were the legal parents of a child born in what most would regard as … Continue reading

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An interstate crime of love It was a horrible crime, addressed by a strict statute. The crime: white slavery. The statute: the Mann Act. Passed by Congress in 1910, it outlawed the interstate and international transportation of “any woman or … Continue reading

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Not exactly a question of politics The words seem to make perfect sense. Political question. A question of politics. For it or against it? Federalist or Whig? And because the words seem to make perfect sense, they stumped reader Dan … Continue reading

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Just fifty years ago today “Imagine,” a Library of Congress website suggests that schoolchildren ask themselves, “that you are finally old enough to vote in your first election. But, do you have enough money?”1 The fact is, it was just … Continue reading

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Can we donate TV tapes to an archives? Have you ever recorded a program on your television and then watched it at a later time? Silly question, isn’t it? Of course you have. Even The Legal Genealogist has. We all … Continue reading

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Nothing is right In 1816, two men in Northampton, Massachusetts — Isaac Wheeler and John Russell — entered into a business deal. On 13 June 1816, Russell sign a promissory note, in which he agreed to pay Wheeler $381.06 on … Continue reading

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Race and the naturalization law If your family is anything like that of The Legal Genealogist, you have ancestors who traveled here in the 19th or even 20th centuries. They were escaping a wide range of conditions in their native … Continue reading

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An habitual inebriate She’d been a belle of the Confederacy, without any doubt. She was the child of southern privilege, who continued a life of relative ease even during and after the Civil War. It’s that combination that most likely … Continue reading

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