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The mileage fee

For witnesses and jurors, a clue Every document — every single document — in every single court file in every single repository — might tell a story. Which is why The Legal Genealogist so often recommends getting court records, and milking them for...

No magic bullet

As much as DNA can help… As much as The Legal Genealogist is a total DNA geek, and as much as DNA must be considered whenever any of us sits down to map out a research plan, we are going to be disappointed if we delude ourselves into thinking that DNA is always...

Placing the law

Finding the law means finding the place It’s been the standard mantra of The Legal Genealogist from the outset. To understand the records, we have to understand the law. And not just the law in some sort of generalized fashion, but the law at the exact time and...

In just one volume

Some clues to answering a key genealogical question So often, the key issue The Legal Genealogist faces — like any other genealogist — in trying to answer a question is how to distinguish person 1 from person 2. And so often some or all of the answer can...

Hats off to Judge Niles

For noting the hatter’s death It has been exactly 152 years, today, since William M. Robertson died in Attala County, Mississippi. The Legal Genealogist‘s third great grandfather, William was born in North Carolina around 1794.1 Although the case...

Show Me Laws

Statutes in the Show Me State Reader Melissa Weaver loved reading earlier this week about the widows’ appraisements in Pennsylvania under a statute adopted there in 1851. But, she said, her research problems weren’t focused on Pennsylvania. She really...

Reading every word

Milking every detail On the 6th day of December 1909, Carrie H. Viereck of Kent County, Delaware, was appointed guardian of the four Viereck children: Henry W., Jr., who was 15 years of age; Elizabeth V., who was 11; Mary M., who was four; and Bertha S., who was two....

Naming names

And relationships too So all this week The Legal Genealogist has been romping through the laws of the Province and State of New York as they impacted Orange County. That’s all been, in part, leading up to tomorrow’s spring seminar of the Orange County...