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The one who was So yesterday The Legal Genealogist raised the spectre of a housekeeper who wasn’t keeping house at all. At least not the way you or I might think of the term and the way it might be … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. The Legal Genealogist really doesn’t care if Zsa Zsa Gabor ever really said it, or if it’s just something that sounds so much like something Zsa Zsa Gabor would … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Today’s words are a matter of percentages. It’s very hard for The Legal Genealogist — or anyone else here in the 21st century — to come to grips with … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Today’s term is Saturday’s stop. Yes, it’s that time of year again when The Legal Genealogist is frantically trying to stay ahead of the demands of teaching at a … Continue reading

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More on the law of strays Okay, so The Legal Genealogist is having some fun with this topic, but hey… if you can’t have fun with a blog on genealogy and the law, where can you have fun? Don’t answer … Continue reading

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Part two The Legal Genealogist knew it was going to happen. Knew it. Would have taken a bet on it. Could have avoided it. Didn’t. Sigh… So about a nanosecond after yesterday’s post ran about the laws in colonial Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Why not a statute? So reader John D. of Louisiana tossed an email to The Legal Genealogist yesterday after reading about the creation of land offices in the Northwest Territory and the requirement that federal officials involved in those land … Continue reading

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What’s that called? Reader and friend Larry Head was doing what The Legal Genealogist so often recommends — poking around the statute books — when he realized that he wasn’t entirely sure what to call something he was coming across … Continue reading

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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So The Legal Genealogist had an absolute ball doing that webinar Tuesday for the Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region on patents, and almost immediately had a question by … Continue reading

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When the testate estate isn’t Genealogists worth their salt know that an estate can be testate or intestate. Testate, meaning an estate where the person who has died “has made a will; one who dies leaving a will.”1 Intestate, meaning … Continue reading

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