Category Archives: Statutes

The clues in old New York So The Legal Genealogist had a great time last time with a very attentive group of genealogists at the Connetquot (New York) Public Library, talking about the legal rights of widows and orphans and … Continue reading

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The widow’s right Life must have seemed awfully good to Nellie Philbrick in 1900. She was living then with her husband and their young daughter in what must have seemed to the 38-year-old Maine-born Nellie as the wild west, in … Continue reading

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The curious case of Jacob P. Dunn There’s no doubt about it: sometimes the law is just plain confusing. And there’s good reason why reader Patricia Taylor was a little bit puzzled by the language of a legal record she … Continue reading

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Going to federal court Genealogists love court records. They tell us all kinds of things about our families we couldn’t have found out in any other way. But with all the various courts and levels of courts that existed over … Continue reading

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Where oh where can the records be? Reader Chris from New Jersey was busily researching a family from the Garden State when up popped a question. A member of this family had been killed in an automobile accident in New … Continue reading

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Licensing the lawyers Here’s a true or false question for you: In 1646, if your ancestor was involved in a lawsuit in Virginia, he could hire a lawyer to represent him in court. True or false? This isn’t a trick … Continue reading

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Republishing and the public domain Reader Tim Campbell, a Canadian, is struggling to understand what the copyright implications are when an older work is incorporated into a newer work. The scenario he’s specifically looking at is this: • A Canadian … Continue reading

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Forced removals to America Reader Nonna Good came across a reference and just couldn’t believe it. So she asked for clarification. “Could a child aged 6 be sent as an unaccompanied child in bondage in the 1700s from England?” she … Continue reading

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A win for the Irish tenant farmer Reader Robert Kirk is closing in on Samuel Kirk of County Cavan, Ireland, as a possible second great grandfather. And in gathering information about the man, he came across a news report of … Continue reading

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An interstate crime of love It was a horrible crime, addressed by a strict statute. The crime: white slavery. The statute: the Mann Act. Passed by Congress in 1910, it outlawed the interstate and international transportation of “any woman or … Continue reading

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