Category Archives: Legal definitions

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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The election When Alexander J. Taylor died in Kent County, Delaware, in September 1881, he left everything — everything — to his widow, Wilhelmina W. Taylor. He left her in charge of his estate. He left her in charge of … Continue reading

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Primary School Lands In June of 1883, the administrator of the estate of George Arlt, deceased, reported to the Probate Court for the County of Presque Isle, Michigan, that he had been successful in selling a piece of property belonging … Continue reading

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Avoiding conflicts of interest It is all too common a story in the records of the 1860s and 1870s. A story of some lives cut short, other lives changed forever. It’s a story that begins to be told in the … Continue reading

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The pony homesteads Tucked away in the records of Elbert County, Georgia, are some of the neatest genealogical records imaginable. In them, you can find that, in January 1874, Garnett Adams was the head of a family consisting of himself, … Continue reading

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