Category Archives: Court Cases

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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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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