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Remembering Sherman

A trip down Memory Lane It was a question posted on Facebook that sent The Legal Genealogist down Memory Lane. A question to the effect of: what was the first car you ever owned? For me, in the summer of 1969, it was a tank. Well, maybe not exactly, but... I had...

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Speak out by Wednesday

May 19 deadline for USCIS comments Every so often, the genealogical community gets a chance to weigh in on records access. We have that chance, right now, to speak out on access to records that are critically important: records of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

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Proclaiming the war

175 years ago today It's really only a couple of sentences, thanks to a whole bunch of commas and semicolons that probably should be periods. You can find it in the appendix to volume IX of the United States Statutes at Large. And despite the almost unanimous vote of...

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The name game

About that spelling... It was created by statute in December 1833, effective in 1834, carved out of lands that -- before then -- had been part of Burke and Buncombe Counties. The 65th of North Carolina's counties, it sat all the way over on the western border, tucked...

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Once again, the hands of time

No words needed This is, by far, The Legal Genealogist's favorite photograph, ever. My mother and her grandchild Hann. First published here in 2015 and worth repeating every chance I can get. Since it's DNA Sunday, the subtitle can be "my mitochondrial DNA..." Happy...

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Too much to ask?

Sigh... apparently... Consistency. It's a genealogist's dream. All the records about one person would all have the same name. All the dates of one event would all be in the same year. All of the places for that one event would all be in the same county. Is that too...

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Doubts about dower

Not everywhere at all times On the 10th of December 1874, a couple with whom The Legal Genealogist has more than just a passing acquaintance sold off 39 and 2/3 acres of land in Parker County, Texas. G.W. and Martha L. “Cotrell,” as their names appear in the document,...

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Call for comments

A call to action for genealogists Like most requests from the federal government, it seems to be written in geek-speak: the language of bureaucracy. Telling ordinary citizens to “identify, with specificity, the regulation or ... process at issue, providing the Code of...

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About that swiped photograph…

No, we can't use it like that. Really. There was yet another of Those Conversations on Facebook yesterday. An individual had tried to upload a photograph to FamilySearch, and it had been bounced. The information in the lower right corner -- enlarged and enhanced by...

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Legal Michigan

A one-stop shop for early Michigan statutes Michigan. The state whose territory -- home to various Native American tribes -- was first claimed by France as part of the New France colony, then by the British, then by the new United States.[1. See Wikipedia...

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