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The concerns of 1855 So your ancestor was a mayor or a town council member. A local official of some kind around the middle of the 19th century. Ever wonder just what it was that he — or the town … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s bad boys (and girls) You can tell an awful lot about people and what they were thinking — what they believed, what they aspired to — by reading the laws of the time. That’s the one thing The … Continue reading

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New Hampshire statutes The Legal Genealogist has a mantra — something everyone who’s ever read this blog can probably recite from memory: If we want to understand the records, we have to understand the law, and not just in the … Continue reading

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Forbidden marriages The date, according to the records, was Thursday, the 25th of April 1799. The place: the village of Hollis, in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The celebrant: one Eli Smith, a clergyman. And the bride and groom? Well, they … Continue reading

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And relationships too So all this week The Legal Genealogist has been romping through the laws of the Province and State of New York as they impacted Orange County. That’s all been, in part, leading up to tomorrow’s spring seminar … Continue reading

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More stories in the statute books It was, there can be no doubt, a major feat in civil engineering for its time. Running along the Hudson River in the highlands of Storm King Mountain, the Storm King Highway — a … Continue reading

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More than wolves and panthers So you’re sitting there wondering if The Legal Genealogist is going to spend the whole week looking just at the laws of Orange County, New York. In fact, I may very well do just that, … Continue reading

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The bounty laws There is a story in every statute book… and sometimes in every statute. Like the story of the beasties of Orange County. Orange County, New York, is where The Legal Genealogist will be this Saturday, April 30, … Continue reading

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Fixing the county lines Genealogy trivia time. Here’s the question: When was the last time the borders of Orange County, New York, were fixed? The Legal Genealogist wanted to know, because this weekend is the spring seminar of the Orange … Continue reading

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… there are records When Teresa Wensinger died in San Francisco, California, in December 1905, she left a substantial estate including property in Sonoma County. Her real estate ultimately was valued at more than $190,000, and her personal property at … Continue reading

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