Category Archives: Primary Law

Some Connecticut gems It’s finally here: the opening day of NERGC — the 2015 New England Regional Genealogical Consortium — at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. People from all over New England — people with roots back in … Continue reading

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An online resource You can’t be a genuine law geek without breaking into a smile when you discover that one city, in one state, reprinted an entire body of its earliest colonial laws — and included a whole introduction outlining … Continue reading

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For the State of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations It’s NERGC week! It’s finally here! People from all over New England — people with roots back in New England — people who are just interested in New England genealogy will be … Continue reading

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… and in the laws … and the index Okay, so The Legal Genealogist is getting ready to head off to Ohio for the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, and you know what that means, right? Yep, once again, I’m … Continue reading

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Excluding and including the Indian There is a curious phrase in the Constitution of the United States. It appears in Article I, section 2, and it appears again in the 14th Amendment. In Article I, the Constitution provides that Representatives … Continue reading

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One-stop shopping for Texas statutes The Legal Genealogist‘s Texas-born-and-bred grandmother would have taken one look at yesterday’s snowfall and shaken her head at the idea that her grandchild had to get up at oh-dark-thirty and catch a plane to the … Continue reading

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Historical laws in one place In anticipation of tomorrow’s Genealogy and the Law day — the annual seminar of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County in Mahwah — The Legal Genealogist has been poking around the old law books again. … Continue reading

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How old was he…? So many times, in genealogy, our ability to construct an argument that this person is related to that person in just this way depends on figuring out just how old somebody was at the time of … Continue reading

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The Beaver State (Note: In honor of, and to get ready for, The Legal Genealogist‘s trip to the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, this weekend, here’s a reprise of this 2012 post about Oregon’s constitution!) It was 1848 when it became … Continue reading

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It really is our common heritage So… The Legal Genealogist knows it sounds like a broken record sometimes. To understand the records, we have to understand the laws at the time and in the place where the records were created. … Continue reading

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