Mushrooms in law books

From a typo to a challenge It's a lesson every writer will learn sooner or later. Leave a typo anywhere and it will be noticed. The Legal Genealogist is resigned to that fact, but is turning the tables on readers with one today. Yesterday, when I posted a link on...

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Naming names in Arizona

In the statute books too Today is the day The Legal Genealogist toughens up and does that terribly hard thing that's been looming in the schedule this week. After all, I'm speaking Saturday at the 2019 Seminar of the West Valley Genealogical Society, and somehow I...

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The difference in the laws

What that book really contains So The Legal Genealogist continues the task of poking around in old Arizona statutes in anticipation of Saturday's 2019 Seminar of the West Valley Genealogical Society. I know, I know... it's a tough job leaving the east coast ice and...

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The defense of coverture

He told me to... There's a concept in the law called duress. It's defined as “unlawful constraint exercised upon a man whereby he is forced to do some act against his will.”[1. Henry Campbell Black, A Dictionary of Law (St. Paul, Minn. : West, 1891), 402, “duress.”]...

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Oh, and by the way…

... the war is over It may be one of the things The Legal Genealogist loves best about genealogy. Learning all those things about history that we never learned in school. Our obligation as family historians, of course, is to put our families into the context of their...

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Looking at the alternatives

DNA companies take a stand on police access The news that Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) had allowed law enforcement to submit crime scene samples into its testing database to search for the identities of suspects without a court order has rocked the genealogical community....

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Meanwhile, in Berlin…

His name is Bruno Another cousin. A paternal side cousin. And it still surprises The Legal Genealogist to find paternal side cousins even after having found a bunch of them over the years. I grew up believing I didn't have any paternal side cousins -- or for that...

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Changing gears

... legally speaking ... Sometimes just knowing what the law is, isn't enough. Sometime what we need to know is how and when the law changed. After yesterday's blog post about expatriation and some of the records created by repatriation,[1. Judy G. Russell, “2019...

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Oh, that Babe

A lesson from the records It's a birth record from more than a century ago. A male child born 6 February 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. It records a singular moment of American history -- sports history, to be exact. And it offers a perfect example of what we might be...

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