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A new free-to-use page at the Library of Congress It isn’t possible to overstate the value of the Library of Congress to the genealogical researcher. Time and time and time again, The Legal Genealogist has pointed out something that’s available at the...

When citizens become archivists…

… records become accessible The topic here at The Legal Genealogist recently has been the organization of counties. They didn’t spring into being by themselves, of course — they were established generally by acts of the legislature of the state,...

Finding THAT law

A cheat sheet for federal statutes It’s such a common issue for genealogists. We know the name of a critical federal law that impacted our ancestors — what it’s commonly called… and we have absolutely no idea how to find it. The Judiciary Act...

The returns of the 2017 season

What to do with the returns cash Okay. Let’s all admit it. Come on. Say it out loud and get it over with. Here… The Legal Genealogist will go first:      Not everything we got for Christmas was a hit. Yep, folks, that soap-on-a-rope just isn’t quite...

Begging your pardon

Begging your pardon Records of the Civil War The war had already been going on for more than two years on that day in December, 154 years ago today. The country had been through Bull Run and Antietam and Shiloh and Vicksburg and Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and...