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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,...

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...

What a nuisance!

The federal crime, that is… It is, today, a quiet residential neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Google street view image shows some modest single family homes. A small apartment building or two. Driveway basketball hoops. Sideyard grills. Picnic tables...

Term of the day: zythum

“Drink like an Egyptian”??? It’s now Day Four of the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and we’re headed for the final stretch. Thirty top-flight students — engaged and engaging, questioning and searching — have graced the classroom of The...

Term of the day: oh those kids

Older, younger, say what? Today is the first full day of the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and a full week of teaching awaits. So nobody will go into withdrawal, however, The Legal Genealogist offers… The term of the day: YOUNGER CHILDREN. Now we all...

Serving up process

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It’s a phrase The Legal Genealogist sees only too often in court records everywhere. “Continued, no service of process having been had.” It came up most recently in the records of my scoundrel...