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The records of renunciation It is a strong word, the word renounce. To the ordinary dictionary, it means “to give up, refuse, or resign usually by formal declaration (renounce his errors).”1 To the law, it means to “reject; cast off; … Continue reading

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The concerns of 1855 So your ancestor was a mayor or a town council member. A local official of some kind around the middle of the 19th century. Ever wonder just what it was that he — or the town … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s bad boys (and girls) You can tell an awful lot about people and what they were thinking — what they believed, what they aspired to — by reading the laws of the time. That’s the one thing The … Continue reading

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New Hampshire statutes The Legal Genealogist has a mantra — something everyone who’s ever read this blog can probably recite from memory: If we want to understand the records, we have to understand the law, and not just in the … Continue reading

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And relationships too So all this week The Legal Genealogist has been romping through the laws of the Province and State of New York as they impacted Orange County. That’s all been, in part, leading up to tomorrow’s spring seminar … Continue reading

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More stories in the statute books It was, there can be no doubt, a major feat in civil engineering for its time. Running along the Hudson River in the highlands of Storm King Mountain, the Storm King Highway — a … Continue reading

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More than wolves and panthers So you’re sitting there wondering if The Legal Genealogist is going to spend the whole week looking just at the laws of Orange County, New York. In fact, I may very well do just that, … Continue reading

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Fixing the county lines Genealogy trivia time. Here’s the question: When was the last time the borders of Orange County, New York, were fixed? The Legal Genealogist wanted to know, because this weekend is the spring seminar of the Orange … Continue reading

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Good news, bad news So The Legal Genealogist is off today to sunny Santa Rosa, California, for this weekend’s spring seminar of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society. But before the plane boards (a bit delayed due to those flight crew … Continue reading

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Supreme Court cases! Ancestors from Tennessee, anyone? If so, oh boy, is there a neat new resource you have got to check out. It’s an online index and ordering system for Tennessee Supreme Court case files. And while we can’t … Continue reading

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