Taking a Constitutional

Constitution Day 2014 It is The Legal Genealogist‘s mantra: To understand the records, we have to understand the law that created them. But somehow that seems awfully far removed from a lofty document like the Constitution of the United States, doesn’t it?...

Paying the Bill

Genealogy and the Bill of Rights It is one of the defining legal documents, not just of our time, but of all time. It was ratified 222 years ago yesterday. And we are all — all — the better off for it. It is the Bill of Rights. The first 10 amendments to...

The maybe anniversary

The odd history of the 14th amendment Today is the 145th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th amendment. Unless maybe it wasn’t ratified until the 21st. Or maybe even the 28th. It depends on how you count, you see, and on who’s doing the counting....