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The exemption There was, the widow carefully reported to the probate judge, no personal property at all left by her late husband. Land, yes. The east one-half of the northwest quarter of Section 21, Township 3 South, Range 16 West, … Continue reading

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A day for research Hard to believe it is Labor Day already! Where has 2014 gone? Kids back in school, days growing shorter… fall is right around the corner. As genealogists, we may all appreciate Labor Day as a day … Continue reading

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98 years of National Parks It is a most unprepossessing piece of legislation, the act that appears in volume 39 of the U.S. Statutes at Large. It begins, mundanely, by noting that it was “enacted by the Senate and House … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s colonial inmates So earlier this week The Legal Genealogist set off to explore the use of the term “inmate” in U.S. census records. The blog post began: “When is an inmate not an inmate? Or, more accurately, when is … Continue reading

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Setting the boundaries There was no question just what the law was intended to do. Although initially settled by a combination of Protestants and Catholics under the control of a Catholic lord,1 the Province of Maryland was headed in a … Continue reading

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An act of grace It was the summer of 1776, and all was not well in the heated politics of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s voting restrictions had kept the reins of the local government in the hands of a conservative few, and … Continue reading

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What the law was and is: federal (Note: Updated from an earlier version of this post that originally ran in June 2012.) One thing The Legal Genealogist preaches (to the point where some people are tired of it for pete’s … Continue reading

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Missouri’s manslaughter law So… did you watch Who Do You Think You Are? last night? The Legal Genealogist did. In a room with most of the 200 genealogists attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Where else is a place … Continue reading

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Mason of Texas You never know what you’re going to find in a statute book. Really. The Legal Genealogist is the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of Texans, so it’s always fun to have time to poke around in old … Continue reading

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Civil law meanings You can see it, right there. It’s the very last section of the law. And there, Louisiana’s law says, “When the substantive law of this state would be applicable to the merits of an action brought in … Continue reading

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