Category Archives: Methodology

Why do we do this? So The Legal Genealogist got yet another one of those emails yesterday that just has to have you shaking your head. There’s yet another new course out there on documenting genealogical sources — doing citations … Continue reading

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Property and Person Esther Eliza (Farnum) Aldrich was 78 years old in the fall of 1920. She had outlived a husband and two of her six children, living her long life in the farm country of southern Vermont. You can … Continue reading

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Telling the story Sometimes, the real story can be found only by reading between the lines. Case in point: the clue that can be found in the case of Hall v. Loving, decided by the Superior Court of Mitchell County, … Continue reading

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A tale of two deeds They are recorded one after the other in the minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. The place was Burke County, North Carolina. The time, the January session of court, 1807. The first … Continue reading

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Family fight Some 65 years ago, a family feud over ownership and control of wooded land in Sumter County, Alabama, broke out in the Circuit Court there. It seems that Jim Knott had died in 1933, leaving a widow and … Continue reading

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The outcome He was just 19 years old in February 1876, he said, when Mary Howard “went before a Justice of the Peace in the city of Cleveland … and made oath and affidavit … that she was pregnant with … Continue reading

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Stories told by bonds You can learn a lot about an area, and about the families that lived there, just by looking at the numbers. The Pope County, Arkansas, website will tell you the county’s history began when an Indian … Continue reading

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The missing generation The census records seem to tell a straightforward story. In 1870, Scottish-born Thomas and Margret Finlayson were farming in Baker County, Oregon. Both of the Finlaysons were in their mid-40s. Four girls, apparently their daughters, were enumerated … Continue reading

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The “fire-proof court-house” On the 15th of October 1887, the Governor of Washington Territory reported to the Secretary of the Interior in Washington, D.C., on conditions within that western territory for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1887.1 In that … Continue reading

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Johnson’s acquittal One hundred and forty five years ago today, it was Judgment Day in the United States Senate. And the odds were against the man on trial. There were 27 states then represented in the Senate — the former … Continue reading

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