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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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Is this juror your guy or not? So you’re sitting there with your court records for the early days of the State of Wisconsin… and you see someone you think is your guy on a list of jurors. The Legal … Continue reading

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Laws to change names “Oh,” so many people say, “there’s nothing to be found in those old law books that’s worth the effort of finding them.” “Oh,” The Legal Genealogist hears time and again, “there’s really not going to be … Continue reading

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It’s April First! No, The Legal Genealogist hasn’t completely lost her mind. Not yet, at least… This really is a good day for genealogists to celebrate. At least American genealogists. And at least those whose folks can be found on … Continue reading

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The language of the law It may come as a bit of a surprise that our ancestors couldn’t be convicted of the crime of assault in early Alabama. Assault, by definition, is an “unlawful attempt or offer, on the part … Continue reading

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