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Straying far afield

Check the ads! They appear, with regularity, in the advertising columns of some of the nation’s oldest newspapers. In one column in a February 1792 newspaper published in Lexington, Kentucky, the focus was on cows: • “Taken up by the subscriber (James...

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Sale-ing away with FTDNA

Summer sale announced No, it isn’t DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist. Instead, it’s Christmas in August. Because Family Tree DNA has just announced its summer sale… and it’s a doozy. First off, there are package deals on a number of test...

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Revolutionary Frakturs

That NARA photostream Never let it be said that The Legal Genealogist is jealous. Except when The Legal Genealogist is jealous. Downright green with envy, this time around. But then I’d challenge any genealogist to take a look at this and not be jealous:...

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Back to basics: YDNA

Y not give it a try! Reader Frank Folwell Jr. would sure like to get some help with a part of his family tree. “I have traced my Folwell line to colonial New Jersey,” he writes: William Folwell of Salem, N.J., d. 1710 is most likely my immigrant ancestor. There were...

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The comfort of being held

Missing Clady I feel her arms around me today. Today, on what would have been her 95th birthday. Third-born child and oldest surviving daughter of my grandparents, Eula Cladyne (Cottrell) Barrett was born in Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas,1 the only one of my...

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More on those certificates

Good news on seamen’s certificates So yesterday The Legal Genealogist did it again. Gave people a taste for a neat new record group… and didn’t provide all the available information about accessing it. The records are the proofs of citizenship for...

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Sailing away

A different kind of notarial records The Legal Genealogist has been talking about notaries this week and, most particularly, notarial acts and records in what are called civil law jurisdictions. Those are places where the legal tradition comes out of the civil law and...

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Notarial records online

Options for 3 a.m. So you’re anxious to start having fun with notarial records? The ones mentioned yesterday, perhaps, from Orleans Parish that are at the Notarial Archives in downtown New Orleans?1 And you were disappointed that you couldn’t find every...

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Noting the notary

Not the same at all Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist noted that researcn in Louisiana — and particularly in Louisiana law — posed some unusual challenges. Because Louisiana’s legal system originated in the civil law tradition and not in the common...

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The lingo of Louisiana law

Getting help understanding civil law terms So The Legal Genealogist was down in Louisiana this past weekend, speaking at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. No, that’s not a church library. Anywhere else, it would have been called a county library. But...

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