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Finding Iowa laws

The laws of the Hawkeye State It's the mantra of The Legal Genealogist. Repeated over and over until long-time readers and conference goers can chant it along with me. To understand the records, we have to understand the law. And not just the law in general, but the...

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Those Iowa place names

Saying them right The Legal Genealogist is headed to Iowa later this week for the Iowa Genealogical Society's Annual Fall Conference. On Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, at the Toad Valley Golf Course in Pleasant Hill, we're going to talk about researching those...

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Missing the missing

The loss five years ago Five years. Five long years. That's how long it's been since The Legal Genealogist heard that word, said that way, in that voice. We all have those special names, things someone called us that no-one else did, that we have treasured in our...

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Constituting Michigan

That first state charter The Legal Genealogist is on the road again. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be precise, for tomorrow's Got Ancestors?! 2017 seminar of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. We're going to have a lot of fun tomorrow at the Grand Rapids...

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Looking back at Michigan lands

Primary School Lands: reprise In anticipation of this weekend's seminar of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society in Grand Rapids, The Legal Genealogist was looking back on research done on Michigan issues in the past. (You are coming to the seminar, right? It's...

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Fighting for NYC records

Speak out for continued access The fight to keep access to critical vital records open to genealogical research is never-ending. The latest battle is being fought in New York City -- and our help is needed. The Legal Genealogist passes on this information from the New...

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To readers, with thanks…

And one in particular today... The best part of writing a blog is the readers. Those who share their ideas, their enthusiasm, their information so freely. And boy does The Legal Genealogist have great readers. Readers who forgive me when I'm so jammed with another...

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Indulge that inner law geek

Research those federal court cases The Legal Genealogist is in high cotton right now with the announcement by the Law Library of Congress of its new Federal Courts Web Archive. Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm a law geek. What can I say? The announcement by In Custodia Legis,...

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DNA doesn’t lie!

... or does it? It's one of the most-commonly-repeated statements in genetic genealogy: “DNA doesn't lie.” It's usually coupled with: “Families do.” And The Legal Genealogist isn't going to take on either of those. But -- as with almost everything in genealogy --...

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Don’t just take!!!

Ask before you use It's come up yet again in our community and The Legal Genealogist is going to try, one more time (and as often as needed in the future) to get this straight. It's generally not okay to take something we find online and simply use it. A colleague in...

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