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Historical laws in one place In anticipation of tomorrow’s Genealogy and the Law day — the annual seminar of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County in Mahwah — The Legal Genealogist has been poking around the old law books again. … Continue reading

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Access to Tennessee adoption records The question came up at the Tennessee Genealogical Society seminar this past Saturday, as it so often does. How can we as genealogists get access to adoption records? The particular question in this case was … Continue reading

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Plaintiffs and defendants in error It’s right there, in the very name of the case. “Dred Scott,” the title of the document begins. “Plaintiff in error.” It’s the opinion of the United States Supreme Court in one of the most … Continue reading

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Go directly to judgment On Saturday, the 13th of October 1877, a Chicago newspaper reported on a number of court cases, including a couple that caught the eye of reader Linda Vert when she came across the notice. The first … Continue reading

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Missouri’s manslaughter law So… did you watch Who Do You Think You Are? last night? The Legal Genealogist did. In a room with most of the 200 genealogists attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Where else is a place … Continue reading

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Ninety years ago As has been true in every war ever fought by the United States, thousands and thousands of non-citizens took on the uniform of this country in the First World War and served with distinction. Those who came … Continue reading

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No answer to the answer In the fall of 1937 and on into 1938 … and 1939 … and even 1940, an Alabama couple found themselves locked in a dispute in the Sumter County, Alabama, Circuit Court. They had experienced … Continue reading

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The bills “Bloodless Impromptu Duel” reads the one headline in an early Richmond, Virginia, newspaper: A difficulty occurred yesterday evening between Messrs. Dabney G. Baker and L. E. Sale at the store of the former …, during which several shots … Continue reading

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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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