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Learning from the law

Not the politics of the day A toughening of immigration and naturalization laws sending a clear signal to immigrants that they are, in general, not welcome here. Even legal immigrants under threat of removal from the United States whenever the President deems them...

Processing the borders

Service of process limits So last week The Legal Genealogist tackled the question of service of process — the notion that somebody has to be given a copy of the documents that require an appearance in court. Process, in this regard, is the legal term for the...

Serving up process

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It’s a phrase The Legal Genealogist sees only too often in court records everywhere. “Continued, no service of process having been had.” It came up most recently in the records of my scoundrel...

The lights go on

New Jersey unseals OBCs Yesterday was the first official work day of 2017. And the first day of a Brave New World for adoptees and their birth parents in the State of New Jersey. Because yesterday, the first official work day of 2017, was the first official day on...

Veterans Day, 2016

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, the survivors breathed a sigh of relief. It was over. The War to End...

Recording the vote

When — and whether — our ancestors could vote It was March 1867, and the Congress of the United States wanted to restore peace and good order to the states that had been in rebellion: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama,...