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The law of Maine statehood

Going their separate ways Did you ever wonder what happened to the property and things that were part and parcel of one state when a new state was created out of its territory? So much of the United States was carved out of virgin territory — lands that, for...

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Full house for petitions webinar!

Come early! It’s going to be a full house tonight for The Legal Genealogist‘s Legacy Family Tree webinar, “To the Honorable, the General Assembly”: The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions. It seems that a lot of folks are interested in what...

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2016: the company you keep

The rockstars, 2016 The Legal Genealogist has said it before: there’s an old adage that says you’re best known by the company you keep. And, once again, here in 2016, boy do I hope that’s true. Because I am in amazing company right now, thanks to you and your votes in...

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Maine-iacal laws

Those very early Maine laws… So The Legal Genealogist is getting ready to head off to Maine this weekend for the Maine Genealogical Society’s 2016 Annual Fall Conference in Brewer and, as usual, decided to delve into that state’s early laws. And...

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Year 15… never forget

15 years later… To one out of every four human beings on the face of the planet, that day is only the date of an event from history. More than 25 percent of the world’s people are under 15 years of age. They weren’t even born yet on that day. The day...

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Buy this book!

DNA Sunday a day early No, it isn’t Sunday. You really didn’t sleep through an extra overnight and lose a day. But around these parts, The Legal Genealogist only ever talks about one thing each year on the anniversary of a particular event, and...

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Treaty-ing the law

Great online resource Our ancestors certainly were concerned about weights and measures. They used them in their daily lives, and cared deeply if the millers and merchants weighed things properly. So… Did you ever wonder how it came to be that everyone around...

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Live long and prosper

Fifty years ago today Genealogy is more than just a collection of names and dates and places. Genealogy is the history of our families. Genealogy is our own history. The Legal Genealogist‘s. Yours. Ours. And today… well… at least for some of us of a...

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Scandal in Washington

No, not election-related! Put a bunch of high school students into the National Archives, focus them on Record Group 393, Part 1, volume 298, and sit back and watch. The results are priceless. And, among other things, a clear indicator of the way that history can be...

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160 names on a list

Great candidates! Have you voted yet? There are 160 names on John D. Reid’s list, from the United States, from Canada, from Europe, from Australia and beyond. They are traditional genealogists and genetic genealogists, regional specialists and overall generalists,...

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