Category Archives: Legal definitions

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. For someone trained in the common law — inherited from the British tradition, working in the records of the civil law is like working in a foreign country. And … Continue reading

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The language of the law It may come as a bit of a surprise that our ancestors couldn’t be convicted of the crime of assault in early Alabama. Assault, by definition, is an “unlawful attempt or offer, on the part … Continue reading

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Mississippi laws and lists There’s very little that’s as useful genealogically as a school census. Putting children together into a household, particularly in a non-regular-census year, can be the clue we’re looking for when we’re trying to establish relationships or … Continue reading

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What that meant, what it means By the time you read these words of The Legal Genealogist, it will be sometime Monday, February 8th, in my home country of the United States. But it will already be Tuesday, February 9th, … Continue reading

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Nuncupative wills in Mississippi It’s to a different kind of will that The Legal Genealogist calls attention this morning: not the usual written form that we hope to see with our ancestors carefully setting out spouses and children and grandchildren … Continue reading

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And the question of the children In the middle of the 18th century, a young man from Germany named Jacob Snyder (probably Schneider originally) came to America to make his fortune. Family researchers said he came over as an indentured … Continue reading

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No joke under English law Day three of the 2016 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy wrapped up yesterday at the Salt Lake Hilton, and for The Legal Genealogist it was a day of law, law and more law. In Corpus … Continue reading

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Word of the day: Zetetick Yesterday was a fabulous first day at the 2016 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy — enthusiastic engaged students in every room of the Downtown Salt Lake Hilton learning about the law, and DNA, and land … Continue reading

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Word of the day: Quaerens. It’s SLIG week this week, as 360 students have descended on the Salt Lake Hilton for a week of learning at the 2016 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. You know what that means, right? The … Continue reading

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Locking up the witness It’s a natural human phenomenon: we all tend to root for the underdog. That was driven home this week after Monday’s blog post about a rather gruesome murder in Arkansas Territory that came to The Legal … Continue reading

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