Category Archives: Methodology

The widow Ann’s choice You’d think by now The Legal Genealogist would know that if there is anything that’s important to another genealogist… It’s the rest of the story. Doesn’t matter that there’s a lesson to be learned in dealing … Continue reading

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in Lieu of her right of dower When Samuel Wilkison of Orange County, New York, wrote his last will and testament in September 1866, there was one thing about which he was abundantly clear. His wife Ann wasn’t to have … Continue reading

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A Case Study of Memorials for Union Soldiers Guest post by Jake Fletcher If your ancestor was an officer for the Union Army during the Civil War, there is a good chance his immediate family and the community published a … Continue reading

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And furthermore… So yesterday, in the course of reviewing the DNA evidence that disproves persistent family lore of Native American ancestry, The Legal Genealogist whined about the fact that so many cousins want to turn third great grandfather Elijah Gentry … Continue reading

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There’s a reason why we cite sources… The Legal Genealogist almost wept yesterday. First, with joy, on finding for the very first time what looked like it might be a specific hint to the burial places of my third great … Continue reading

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For the ease of finding my ancestors’ land Those who, like The Legal Genealogist, have ancestors from what are called the state land states know the pain of trying to identify a land parcel that is described as beginning at … Continue reading

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Just lovely They are truly gorgeous records. Every last word so carefully formed, so very legible, so clear, so crisply written. It makes you want to kiss the Clerk, whoever he was who so carefully recorded each and every one … Continue reading

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Three states, one case Probate records are among the best genealogical records that exist. When there is a will, it’s usually the case that the deceased names family members who are to receive his property after his death and does … Continue reading

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Looking beyond mere geography The Legal Genealogist would never have thought of going to Philadelphia to research her North Carolina ancestors. Or to consider in more detail the death of George Washington at his beloved estate Mount Vernon in northern … Continue reading

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… and they could have figured it out… As genealogists, we learn to use all kinds of tools in our research. We use land records and probate records. We seek out court minutes from dustry corners of old courthouses and … Continue reading

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