Category Archives: Methodology

Notice is hereby given … Janet Iles hit the ball out of the genealogy research park when she asked, in a blog post yesterday, “Do you check newspaper advertisements when doing your family research?” The retired Canadian library technician who … Continue reading

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Following the clues in the land records The land, the federal land records show, was originally earned by the soldiers. George Gordon, Private, Captain Hotchkiss’ Company, Massachusetts Militia, War of 1812. He was the warrant holder on 160 acres of … Continue reading

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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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