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A matter of definition When is an inmate not an inmate? Or, more accurately, when is an inmate not the kind of inmate we might expect? Not, that is, a prisoner. And the answer is: much of the time. In … Continue reading

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A walk through early law Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. The Legal Genealogist knows already yet. You’re tired of hearing it. Sounds like a broken record. To understand the records, we must understand the law, in the time and at the … Continue reading

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Federal rulemaking So yesterday The Legal Genealogist mentioned some of the major resources for federal legal research that genealogists might need to know. Little minor details, y’know, like the Constitution and the statutes.1 And, almost immediately, reader Dick Belz lamented … Continue reading

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Digitizing law dictionaries The Legal Genealogist‘s absolute all-time favorite law-related blog is In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress. Its content is an eclectic mix, with reports on upcoming legal presentations or conferences, a regular pictures … Continue reading

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350 years of records We are brash, we are loud and we are always a bit confused. How else can you live in a state with a football stadium where not one, but two different professional teams play… and both … Continue reading

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Findings images with Google and Bing Sometimes, even The Legal Genealogist just has to do it. Consult, as my 13-year-old nephew occasionally says, in total jest, The Google. Or The Bing. Or some other search engine. Even when it comes … Continue reading

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USFWS images This week The Legal Genealogist is highlighting some of the image collections that are available to us as genealogists to use in our own work. Photographs and illustrations that are free, or mostly free, of copyright restrictions, that … Continue reading

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The Carpenter Collection This week The Legal Genealogist is highlighting some of the image collections that are available to us as genealogists to use in our own work. Photographs and illustrations that are free, or mostly free, of copyright restrictions, … Continue reading

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Windmills and schoolhouses and more It was, of course, inevitable. The email came in before most folks had even read the blog post yesterday about the marvelous legacy of top-notch photography that Carol McKinney Highsmith is leaving to Americans.1 “More,” … Continue reading

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The gift of Carol Highsmith It isn’t possible to overstate what genealogists — and Americans — owe to Carol Highsmith. She hasn’t, to The Legal Genealogist‘s knowledge, indexed a single census record. She hasn’t transcribed a single court record. She … Continue reading

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