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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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The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So… it’s GRIP week again. The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) has two sessions, one in June and, now, this week in July. And you know what that … Continue reading

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Admiralty and maritime During Friday’s webinar for Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers on federal court records, one of the attendees asked a great question about a particular phrase in the United States Constitution. Remember that the powers of federal courts … Continue reading

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Different kinds of property claims So here’s a real surprise: The Legal Genealogist is on the road. Again.1 But this time it’s not simply as an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, but also as a student. I’m … Continue reading

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When it’s a tenant by curtesy When Caroline Adams died in Illinois on the 7th of June 1884, she left behind a husband, Silas.1 She left behind two young sons, Henry S. and George C. Adams.2 And she left behind … Continue reading

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No, actually, it’s not misspelled The Legal Genealogist is on the road, so the blog during this extended trip is featuring terms we all need to understand and use as genealogists. Today’s term is quot. And no, actually, it’s not … Continue reading

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Not only what we think To keep readers from feeling bereft while The Legal Genealogist is on the road, the blog over the next week or so will continue to focus on terms — words and phrases — we may … Continue reading

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The language of the law The Legal Genealogist is on the road (yes, again) and the schedule for the next week or more is going to be brutal. Great fun — first with the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree and … Continue reading

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South Carolina’s Vagrant Act So… the South lost the Civil War, the Union marched its troops in, the slaves were freed, the freedmen and women were given equal treatment under the law, and everything everywhere was hunky dory. Um… no. … Continue reading

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