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An Arkansas mystery

Whither Boston? If you take the northern route, to Chattanooga, then west through Nashville, it's about 535 miles. More directly west, through Memphis, it's more than 450 miles. Or south to Birmingham and then west through Memphis, still nearly 490 miles. No matter...

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A challenge for Arkansas

Digitize that book It's always such a pleasure for The Legal Genealogist to go poking around in digitized volumes of early statutes. There's always something to learn, in the pages of those early laws. About the way people thought in a particular time and place. About...

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Women in the Land of Opportunity

A place to start It is a statute almost unimaginable in its time and place. Passed by a territorial legislature far from the urban centers of the nation where it might have been expected. And it is noteworthy in so many ways. The statute? One The Legal Genealogist...

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… And sealing-wax

The place of the seal “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings.” -- Lewis Carroll, “The Walrus and The Carpenter”[1....

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Marching the weather

Historical data It's March 14th. The middle of the month. Six days to the spring equinox -- the vernal equinox -- the first day of Spring. This is what The Legal Genealogist's home neighborhood looked like yesterday. And... sigh... this is what it looks like today....

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Researching Beyond Kin

“For every soul a story, a family a name.” Beyond our parents. Beyond our brothers and sisters. Beyond our grandparents, aunts and uncles. Beyond our cousins. Beyond even those who might be considered our kin. Beyond them all, our people had other people to whom they...

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A genetic privacy gamechanger?

The threat of H.R. 1313 The genetic genealogy community has called it our best friend. It's given us comfort when we've been challenged or attacked. It's given us cover when we've been concerned -- when our cousins have wondered if their test results would put them in...

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Remembering an Oklahoma pioneer

One special woman The Legal Genealogist cannot be here, in this particular place, at this particular time, without her thoughts turning to this one ancestor in particular. No, it's just not possible to be here in Oklahoma, during this week of March when we celebrate...

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That maternal line

In honor of International Women's Day Raised by the women who are stronger than you know A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth By your mother and her mother, the weavers of your cloth....

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That Dred-ed decision

Not even on Page One It wasn't even front page news, one hundred and sixty years ago yesterday. It was only on page 4 of the New York Herald.[1. “Decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Dred Scott Case,” New York Herald, 7 March 1857, p. 4, col. 5; digital...

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