Category Archives: Legal definitions

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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Indulging the inner legal geek So right after yesterday’s post ran about the odd Oregonian origins of Alaskan law, in pinged an email from one of The Legal Genealogist‘s cousins. “There are two uses of ‘organic’ that made me pause,” … Continue reading

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A deadly one, that is… There is little that warms the cockles of a genealogist’s heart more than a vital record or, at a time when there were no vital records, a record that will take the place of a … Continue reading

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Not what you’re thinking You never know what you’re going to encounter when you poke around in the law dictionaries. Did you know, for example, that there was something called a Love-Day? The Legal Genealogist didn’t know either. And, no, … Continue reading

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That odd term in the statute Ew… Ew ew ew… The things you learn reading old statute books. Ew. So it’s off to the Pacific Northwest today and the Northwest Genealogy Conference 2015 in Arlington, Washington. And in preparation for … Continue reading

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The language in a deed Reader Roger Newman had no issues with the measurements of land mentioned in yesterday’s blog. Whether land was measured in acres or arpens (or arpents) was something he could figure out. But parsing through a … Continue reading

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The alternative measures So The Legal Genealogist is getting ready to head off to Missouri at the end of this week to join an enthusiastic crowd at the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) conference in Columbia. The conference, titled “Liars, … Continue reading

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Where’d that come from? Time and time again, it appears in the law books and, so, in the records genealogists use. The phrase a year and a day. Something had to be done within a year and a day, as … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So in class this week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), one of the documents the students are grappling with is a deed of sale and conveyance. … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So after class one day this week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, a student Anita Boyd had a question. She had come across a court case involving … Continue reading

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