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The maiden name

A family for Melinda It stands out there, in The Legal Genealogist's database. The birthdate, given in detail, as March 4, 1859. And the name of the person born that day: Melinda. Maybe Malinda. Or something like that. Her married name: Baker. Not much of a surprise,...

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The lay of the land

Digitized plat books from Midwest Genealogy Center The clock has just ticked over from the 19th century to the 20th. It is right in the heartland of America: Jackson County, Missouri. And the year is 1904. So let's say that's what you're researching. Say, for example,...

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Threat to NJ State Archives

Find another answer, Mr. Governor! Okay, New Jersey... what part of “keep the records open for research” do your officials not understand? That's not a rhetorical question. It's one The Legal Genealogist would like everyone in our community to pose to the Governor,...

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Archival collections at MGC

Take a look at what's available Fifty-four pages of folder names. Just folder names. Not even individual names inside the folders -- just the folders themselves. Some of them will have contents that reference only one person. But many, perhaps even most, involve many...

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A grand sight

And a grand new site At a Special Court of Oyer and Terminer and Jail Delivery held at Corydon in the County of Harrison on Monday, the seventh of March, 1814, 18 men found themselves cast into a role they would not likely have held, at least not often, before that...

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Records access alert: a win

Virginia restores funding! DNA Sunday has to wait. Because there's news out of the Old Dominion that's just too good to wait. We won. YOU won. You with your emails and your cards and your letters. You with your willingness to speak out for records access and for one...

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The baby boom of February

Something in the May air? There must be something about the end of May. Something about the way spring is folding itself into summer. Something about the way the days are getting long, the evenings golden and warm. Something about the way the nights ... well, the...

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The extraordinarily ordinary

The Laws of 1862 It is, so much, an ordinary book of laws. And yet... and yet... And yet there is so much that is so very extraordinary. In so many ways, so much what the Florida Legislature did that term, when it met in the First Session of its 12th General Assembly,...

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Drawing the lines

The changes in Florida county borders “Beginning at the northwest corner of township thirty-one south, of range thirty-five east.” That's the way the law begins. ... thence east on the line dividing the townships thirty and thirty-one south, to the point where said...

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