Category Archives: Court Cases

Some fun for your Thursday Do the New York state courts believe in ghosts? That’s the question The Legal Genealogist has to consider now that the case of Stambovsky v. Ackley has crossed this blog-writer’s radar. It’s a 1991 decision … Continue reading

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Ohio’s unique rule The deed itself is in the usual form: a fee simple transfer of 40 acres of land from Jonas and Sarah Haney of what was then Mercer County, Ohio, and later became Auglaize County, to Elizabeth McCoy … Continue reading

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When the court disagrees Reader Suzanne Matson has clearly been taking a page from The Legal Genealogist‘s book, and reading old court records. There isn’t any other explanation for the question she sent in while the FGS cruise was underway … Continue reading

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Real versus personal property You have to love it when the legal question involved in a case is this one: Is gold dust personal property? As The Legal Genealogist is off at sea on the Federation of Genealogical Society cruise … Continue reading

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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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