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Mapping California

Part of America’s treasures in an American treasure They range from 1680 to 2012. They are 230 in number. They originated with the United States War Department. With the National Park Service. With the State Mining Bureau. And with a wide variety of private...

Finding Maryland law

One-stop-shopping for the law of the Old Line State The Legal Genealogist is off today, heading south for the Fall Seminar of the Maryland Genealogical Society… but not — for once — to an airport. No, this afternoon I’ll be behind the wheel,...

An early Maryland resource

Colonial records online free It is one of the most compelling pieces of Maryland history. And one that many researchers have no idea exists… or where to find it. It’s the Maryland Census of 1776 — and in some counties it goes beyond mere heads of...

Beyond the city limits

Directories for the rest of us The Legal Genealogist had no sooner pushed the “publish” button on last week’s blog post about city directories than the laments began. “I wish my people had lived in cities,” one wailed. “Mine were all farmers,” another...

Seeking direction

Using city directories The Legal Genealogist is off to California this morning, en route to tomorrow’s Fall seminar of the San Diego Genealogical Society. Yesterday was the last day to register online, but you can always check with the society about walk-in...

A key vital workaround

Yet another data source All of us who research family history — The Legal Genealogist included — tend to get a little … um … irreverent in describing certain events and record types that are near and dear to our hearts. As in the records of...

Weather it is…

San Diego in 1872-73… and more Along with everyone else on every side of the country these days, The Legal Genealogist has been keeping an eye on the weather. With Harvey having hammered the Gulf Coast, and Irma threatening the east, and wildfires raging...

Really Great Registers

Voter registrations, 19th century California style There is a good side to voter fraud. No, really. Would The Legal Genealogist fool you?1 There really is a wonderfully good side to voter fraud. At least in California, in the 19th century. You see, when voter fraud is...

That 1852 enumeration…

Don’t forget those state counts The final tallies were clear. White male inhabitants, 397. White females, 140. Of those residents, 274 were over age 21; 263 were minors. There were seven recorded African-Americans, all male, all over age 21. There were 98...

Chasing those bankruptcy files

“It ain’t necessarily so” Just because you read it on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. That’s the lesson The Legal Genealogist was reminded of, again, this week when it turns out that something that’s repeated in many places on the...