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When the testate estate isn’t Genealogists worth their salt know that an estate can be testate or intestate. Testate, meaning an estate where the person who has died “has made a will; one who dies leaving a will.”1 Intestate, meaning … 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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What exactly is a marriage bond? Time and again, whenever a marriage bond is referenced, the question comes up. What happens if the two people named in the marriage bond don’t get married? Isn’t there some kind of court action … Continue reading

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Honoring those who served After all that time, suddenly, it was silent. After war had raged for more than four years, on the battlefields of Europe the quiet must have been eerie. There at the eleventh hour of the eleventh … Continue reading

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In the pages of the lawbooks Every so often, The Legal Genealogist comes across someone who looks at the sheer volume of statutory law that may have some genealogical value and is aghast. “There can’t really,” the person may whimper, … Continue reading

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Researching Virginia’s early laws So The Legal Genealogist is off again this weekend (can you tell it’s conference season?) and this time to a state through which just about all of my mother’s ancestors passed at one point or another … Continue reading

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A second look at California’s 1850 law (Note: In honor of, and to get ready for, The Legal Genealogist‘s trip to the San Mateo County Genealogical Society, this weekend, here’s a reprise of a second post about San Mateo’s sole … Continue reading

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Affirmative action 1850s style (Note: In honor of, and to get ready for, The Legal Genealogist‘s trip to the San Mateo Genealogical Society, this weekend, here’s a reprise of this post about San Mateo’s sole traders!) On the 29th of … 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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Benefit of clergy, wager of “battle,” and petit treason (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 criminal … Continue reading

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