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Registration opens Wednesday, February 14 So you didn’t make it to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January. And you didn’t register for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research for its June classes. Are you starting to feel distinctly left out on...

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And what a time it’s been…

Time it was And what a time it was It was . . . A time of innocence A time of confidences -- Paul Simon, Bookends There are those defining moments in every person's life. The moments we cherish, like the birth of a child. The moments we grieve, like the loss of a...

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When citizens become archivists…

... records become accessible The topic here at The Legal Genealogist recently has been the organization of counties. They didn't spring into being by themselves, of course -- they were established generally by acts of the legislature of the state, territory or colony...

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Finding those county line changes

One-stop shopping for county line history So last week The Legal Genealogist revisited the issue of county lines... and how some counties were formed, but not actually organized for governmental purposes for a while, so their records were kept by another county to...

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Don’t forget the surname projects

Those Y lines are handy! Reader Sharin is stumped in one line of her ancestry because of an undocumented father. The story of the child's mother is a great one -- all over the town records as the local leaders tried to chase down those who'd be legally responsible for...

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From the state of confusion

That annoying William Wiseman If the stories are correct, he was born 282 years ago yesterday. Or, if the other stories are correct, he was born 277 years ago yesterday. And he was born in St. James' Clerkenwell Parish, London, England. Except that the records of that...

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The fix is in

Ancestry fixes TOS error Quietly and without fanfare, in its rollout of new and updated terms of service, Ancestry killed the professional researcher. It didn't mean to. It was a mistake. So... quietly and without fanfare ... in an update of even newer and more...

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Finding THAT law

A cheat sheet for federal statutes It's such a common issue for genealogists. We know the name of a critical federal law that impacted our ancestors -- what it's commonly called... and we have absolutely no idea how to find it. The Judiciary Act of 1789, under which...

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Term of the day: assignee and more

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. There are always so many deadlines. And February 1 is no exception, so The Legal Genealogist is still hip- (or neck-)deep in...

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