Category Archives: Court Cases

The details in those records So yesterday The Legal Genealogist took a quick look at what the Show Me State of Missouri is doing to try to make access easier to its historical court records: • There are digitized circuit … Continue reading

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Thou shalt not It was a perfectly ordinary business deal, in Vermont in October of 1830. A man named Lyons bought a horse from a man named Strong. Lyons had ridden and tried the mare out, and Strong had said … Continue reading

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Three states, one case Probate records are among the best genealogical records that exist. When there is a will, it’s usually the case that the deceased names family members who are to receive his property after his death and does … Continue reading

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It’s a brave new world out there Those genealogists who, like The Legal Genealogist, use DNA testing as part of our family history research often have to answer questions from our cousins about the way their DNA test results can … Continue reading

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Underutilized resources It is a supreme irony that genealogists in general assume that they could never find anything useful for their family history in the records of one particular court. The Supreme Court of the United States. And it’s ironic … Continue reading

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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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