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The extraordinarily ordinary

The Laws of 1862 It is, so much, an ordinary book of laws. And yet… and yet… And yet there is so much that is so very extraordinary. In so many ways, so much what the Florida Legislature did that term, when it met in the First Session of its 12th General...

Drawing the lines

The changes in Florida county borders “Beginning at the northwest corner of township thirty-one south, of range thirty-five east.” That’s the way the law begins. … thence east on the line dividing the townships thirty and thirty-one south, to the point...

Remembering the internees

The stain on American honor February 19, 1942. Seventy-five years ago yesterday. That’s when it began. It was 75 years ago yesterday that the United States embarked on an episode that can only be described as shameful. Rounding up and locking up more than...

Marriage, Kentucky style

How old did they have to be? Reader Marian Corya was stumped on an issue of Kentucky law. “How do I find the legal age for marriage for men and women in various time periods and places?” she asked The Legal Genealogist. “I want to know how old a person needed to be in...

Show me! and its resources

Digital resources from Missouri So on Tuesday The Legal Genealogist showcased some digital resources from the Land of Opportunity: historic land records from Arkansas that have been digitized and put online by the Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands in a fabulous set...

Born today

Two not-so-dissimilar men Today, the 19th of January, marks the anniversaries of the births of two remarkable American men. On this day in 1807, in Stratford Hall, Virginia, a son was born to the aristocratic Lee family. The child was named Robert Edward Lee.1 And on...

Holidays and Christmases

Searching the genealogical records Where does a genealogist look for the holiday spirit — the Christmas spirit — in these last frantic days before we all rush off to try to make more family memories? How about … in genealogical records? Really. Okay,...