Category Archives: Statutes

Those 1890 statutes The Legal Genealogist is heading off to Oklahoma tomorrow, to speak at the Oklahoma Genealogical Society conference on Saturday and — with any luck at all — to track down some elusive Tillman County ancestors in the … Continue reading

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Excluding and including the Indian There is a curious phrase in the Constitution of the United States. It appears in Article I, section 2, and it appears again in the 14th Amendment. In Article I, the Constitution provides that Representatives … Continue reading

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The first one, that is Have you, as a genealogist, offered up your most sincere thanks to the members of the United States Congress? The Legal Genealogist has — a statement that may surprise those of you who’ve managed to … Continue reading

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One-stop shopping for Texas statutes The Legal Genealogist‘s Texas-born-and-bred grandmother would have taken one look at yesterday’s snowfall and shaken her head at the idea that her grandchild had to get up at oh-dark-thirty and catch a plane to the … Continue reading

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Mama as guardian Yesterday’s blog about the man being named guardian of his sister’s children sparked the inevitable flurry of “but… but… but…” comments from folks who had seen cases where women had in fact been named as guardians of … Continue reading

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Paid to “loyal” owners It was February 1864. The war had dragged on for nearly three years. And both sides were desperately concerned about one irreplaceable resource: manpower. Southern conscription laws, bitterly resisted by some Confederate states, had gone into … Continue reading

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The maybe-the-clue-is-there document Reader Jane Mackesy was delighted to locate the 1877 naturalization petition of one William Atchison, a man she thinks could be her second great grandfather, and language in the petition gave her hope that she might be … Continue reading

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That other death certificate The question popped up on a Facebook group, and a reader promptly alerted The Legal Genealogist to this most interesting issue. Why would a death certificate be issued by the State of Montana when the person … Continue reading

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APG PMC SLC The law had a bang-up day yesterday at the APG PMC in SLC. And if you don’t know what those initials stand for, you’re really missing out. APG is the Association of Professional Genealogists.1 There’s a ton … Continue reading

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More on the law of strays Okay, so The Legal Genealogist is having some fun with this topic, but hey… if you can’t have fun with a blog on genealogy and the law, where can you have fun? Don’t answer … Continue reading

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