Category Archives: Methodology

Questions to ask So The Legal Genealogist was out in St. Louis yesterday for the Midwestern African-American Genealogy Institute. It was the second annual institute, and my time first there… and it was a joy. What a great group of … Continue reading

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How different can the law be? So… within minutes of each other two comments arrived in The Legal Genealogist‘s email box yesterday that underscore a critical point when using the law in genealogy. Both focused on yesterday’s post about Virginia’s … Continue reading

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Estate administration Reader Erick Montgomery recalled once found a newspaper article that explained that there was a legal order to who would be appointed administrator for an intestate estate in early Virginia. “I kept the clipping for a long time, … Continue reading

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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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