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That lesser crime

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. As genealogists, we all love the bad boys (and girls) of our families. The rogues and rascals and especially the lawbreakers. Because they generally do us the...

Name that court

Finding the records means knowing the court A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but having forty-‘leven names — depending on the jurisdiction — for one key court creating one key set of records isn’t a sweet thing for genealogists to...

Books not just for lawyers

Regional case resources It was first published in 1879. It was the first of its kind, and to folks out on the Great Plains, it was a critically needed resource. And, today, it can be exceedingly useful not just to lawyers, but to genealogists as well. It’s the...

Family feuds, Kiwi-style

Dueling administrators Oh, the tales the court records tell… And it doesn’t really matters whose court records or where or why… there is always a story to be told. For some reason, The Legal Genealogist ended up poking around in records of the New...