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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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Access to Tennessee adoption records The question came up at the Tennessee Genealogical Society seminar this past Saturday, as it so often does. How can we as genealogists get access to adoption records? The particular question in this case was … Continue reading

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The rest of the marriage story Tomorrow marks the 98th anniversary of the day when a pair of 18-year-olds stood before a Texas judge and exchanged their wedding vows. And a year ago, The Legal Genealogist told the tale of … Continue reading

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It really is our common heritage So… The Legal Genealogist knows it sounds like a broken record sometimes. To understand the records, we have to understand the laws at the time and in the place where the records were created. … Continue reading

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Through HeinOnline and the Law Library of Congress “Guilty as charged, yer Honor.” The Legal Genealogist most certainly is, without a doubt, a law geek. And I am totally geeking out over yesterday’s announcement by the Law Library of Congress … Continue reading

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? He was, the record shows, some 74 or 75 years old, living with his son Jeremiah. He had some money coming to him from a mortgage on some property in New York, and had a few … Continue reading

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Cue the eerie music! The Legal Genealogist first encountered William W. Montgomery in the statute books of the United States. When I lecture to genealogy groups in different parts of the United States, I make a concerted effort to tailor … Continue reading

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Help in finding the laws Okay, The Legal Genealogist has a quick quiz for you: How do most genealogists refer to the law that allowed settlers to get federal land if they filed some paperwork and then lived on the … Continue reading

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Following the clues in the land records The land, the federal land records show, was originally earned by the soldiers. George Gordon, Private, Captain Hotchkiss’ Company, Massachusetts Militia, War of 1812. He was the warrant holder on 160 acres of … Continue reading

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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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