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Where’s that book?

A library of libraries It never fails. You'd think by now The Legal Genealogist would know better. But nooooooooo... I still make the same mistake. Like yesterday when I was mentioning the wonderful treatises about justices of the peace in Ohio that I had come across...

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Treating the treatises

Guides to law for general background The Legal Genealogist loves legal treatises. Okay, admittedly, The Legal Genealogist is also a law geek, so the idea of being in love with “a systematic exposition or argument in writing including a methodical discussion of the...

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Playing hooky

Missing, but in action In case you hadn't noticed, The Legal Genealogist is playing hooky. No blog post yesterday (yes, I will eventually write about the new AncestryDNA genetic communities, but after the hype dies down a little, and oh -- by the way -- be on the...

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Her name was Fan

Documenting the enslaved It was the 14th day of April 1831, and William M. Robertson needed money. A hatter in Lowndes County, Mississippi, he owned a hat shop in the Town of Columbus, the county seat. And he wanted to borrow $150.40. John Billington had the money to...

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More Virginia lingo

Not just in Virginia... It's a Virginia day! It's actually an entire Virginia weekend!! The Legal Genealogist is off to the Old Dominion today for the Fairfax Genealogical Society 2017 Spring Conference in Falls Church, which gets underway at the Westin Tysons Corner...

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Virginia is for sharing

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So The Legal Genealogist is getting ready to pack it up. Not permanently, no. Just for the weekend. To the Fairfax Genealogical Society 2017 Spring Conference in Falls Church, Virginia, which gets...

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APG updates ethics code

Solid guidance for genealogical pros... and consumers The Association of Professional Genealogists has long had a code of ethics to guide genealogical professionals and consumers through some of the murky waters of ethical issues underlying this field of ours. And...

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Reading every word

The tidbits in the tables... More than once, The Legal Genealogist has said it. To understand the records, we have to understand the law -- and not just in general, but the specific law in the specific time and specific place where the record was created.[1. See e.g....

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Not the same

Not the same Dictionary, commentary A reader recently suggested something that, frankly, hadn't occurred to The Legal Genealogist. Maybe sometimes, she suggested, people are confused between Black and Blackstone. Hmmmmm... Okay. If people can confuse this John Johnson...

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Updated look at GedMatch

Great DNA utility website Even now, five years after The Legal Genealogist was launched and began discussing using DNA for genealogical research, it still is occasionally surprising to find that not everyone is ready, willing and able to test with every DNA company on...

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