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A matter of relation

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The story that reader Charles William Meiser found in the newspaper article was a wonderful one for a genealogist. Under the headline “Mary’s little lamb”...

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...

A statutory mercy

The concept of benefit of clergy The swamp waters are still rising around The Legal Genealogist this week. But… but… but… I can’t help but respond to the plaintive wail of fellow genealogist Victor Jones, who ran across a record in the New Bern...

New light in the Show Me State

Missouri releases original birth certificates It’s called the Show Me State … and, yesterday, on the first workday of the year, Missouri did just that for hundreds, potentially even thousands, of adoptees: it showed them. Because yesterday, the first...

Early citizenship records

Don’t overlook the laws! It’s a natural enough thought that even The Legal Genealogist has: when we want to find naturalization records, we look to the court records of the day. Right? Um… Maybe not. Or at least not for everything. Case in point: On...