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Don’t buy that book!

Reprise: Best for genealogy It is two years to the day today since reader Pam Anderson had a great question after trying — and failing — to find a truly archaic legal term in her pocket copy of Black’s Law Dictionary. “On the Black’s Law Dictionary,”...

Recording all the details

Family history is more than begats Yesterday’s post about a resource on military legal history prompted friend and genealogical colleague Gordon Remington to offer his own reminder of another tome that genealogists will find useful. It’s one The Legal...

In the swamp

Those other land acts The puzzlement of The Legal Genealogist over the migration of an ancestor from Alabama to Arkansas between 1850 and 1860 led to some research being done by readers, and some suggestions being offered. And one in particular needs some more...

A challenge for Arkansas

Digitize that book It’s always such a pleasure for The Legal Genealogist to go poking around in digitized volumes of early statutes. There’s always something to learn, in the pages of those early laws. About the way people thought in a particular time and...

Marching the weather

Historical data It’s March 14th. The middle of the month. Six days to the spring equinox — the vernal equinox — the first day of Spring. This is what The Legal Genealogist‘s home neighborhood looked like yesterday. And… sigh… this...

Researching Beyond Kin

“For every soul a story, a family a name.” Beyond our parents. Beyond our brothers and sisters. Beyond our grandparents, aunts and uncles. Beyond our cousins. Beyond even those who might be considered our kin. Beyond them all, our people had other people to whom they...

The lay of the land

Digitized plat books from Midwest Genealogy Center The clock has just ticked over from the 19th century to the 20th. It is right in the heartland of America: Jackson County, Missouri. And the year is 1904. So let’s say that’s what you’re researching....

Archival collections at MGC

Take a look at what’s available Fifty-four pages of folder names. Just folder names. Not even individual names inside the folders — just the folders themselves. Some of them will have contents that reference only one person. But many, perhaps even most,...

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...