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On GivingTuesday…

... consider your genealogical society... The Legal Genealogist has no idea where the whole GivingTuesday thing began. Yes, even Wikipedia says it got its start in 2012 as “the brainchild of Henry Timms at the 92nd Street Y in New York” with a “co-founding...

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Giving thanks, 2021 style

For all that we have Thanksgiving has always been The Legal Genealogist's favorite holiday. Focusing on -- in this order -- family, food and football (go Rutgers! beat Maryland!), it's one of the low-stress holidays even if an occasional feast runs into a glitch with...

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Saying no to nullification

Preserving the union, 1830s style It was on this day 189 years ago that it began, in South Carolina. A special state convention voted 136 to 26 to declare that certain tariffs imposed by acts of Congress in 1828 and 1832 “unauthorized by the constitution of the United...

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Of patents and deeds

What's the difference anyway? Pop quiz time. What's the difference in American law between a patent for land and a deed for land? This was an issue up for discussion on Facebook yesterday when a poster had a copy of a land patent in favor of an ancestor in Minnesota...

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Fall 2021 DNA sales

Everybody has a deal The fall sale season is about to wrap up for the major DNA companies, giving us -- and our cousins -- a reason to go ahead and get that DNA test done. Soon. Today even. Yep, at least one sale ends today, so... In the order of when the sale prices...

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A genealogist with a law degree, The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL , is a lecturer, educator and writer. [More]

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