Category Archives: Methodology

Milking every detail On the 6th day of December 1909, Carrie H. Viereck of Kent County, Delaware, was appointed guardian of the four Viereck children: Henry W., Jr., who was 15 years of age; Elizabeth V., who was 11; Mary … Continue reading

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Forbidden marriages The date, according to the records, was Thursday, the 25th of April 1799. The place: the village of Hollis, in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The celebrant: one Eli Smith, a clergyman. And the bride and groom? Well, they … Continue reading

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And relationships too So all this week The Legal Genealogist has been romping through the laws of the Province and State of New York as they impacted Orange County. That’s all been, in part, leading up to tomorrow’s spring seminar … Continue reading

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Is this juror your guy or not? So you’re sitting there with your court records for the early days of the State of Wisconsin… and you see someone you think is your guy on a list of jurors. The Legal … Continue reading

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Laws to change names “Oh,” so many people say, “there’s nothing to be found in those old law books that’s worth the effort of finding them.” “Oh,” The Legal Genealogist hears time and again, “there’s really not going to be … Continue reading

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It’s April First! No, The Legal Genealogist hasn’t completely lost her mind. Not yet, at least… This really is a good day for genealogists to celebrate. At least American genealogists. And at least those whose folks can be found on … Continue reading

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Adding a citation to an image Note: Two years ago, The Legal Genealogist wanted to show off a favorite program, and so ran a how-to post rather than a why-to post. The question is how to save source citation information … 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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With just a few problems It is a lovely obituary, rich in the kind of detail that warms a genealogist’s heart. Cousin to The Legal Genealogist‘s mother, Mattie (Cottrell) Berens died in January 1980 in Mobridge, Walworth County, South Dakota, … Continue reading

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Looking at all the images The Legal Genealogist has heard it more than once. “Why do you bother,” the question goes, “adding information in a citation that says whether the image was on one website or another website? After all, … Continue reading

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