A Down Under distraction

Convict datasets updated It’s been — and continues to be — a terrible terrible fire season Down Under, and our fellow genealogists need some relief. And while The Legal Genealogist can do nothing except watch in horror as the news from Australia...

Warranting distress

A stressful situation for all One sofa, valued at $10.00. Two carpets, another $10.00. A hearth rug, 50 cents. A table cloth and a looking glass, $3.00 each. A bureau, $8.00. Six chairs, $6.00. A small table, $2.50. A small glass, 50 cents. Blinds, $2.00. A rocking...

Beyond the named parties

Not just the story of Aaron Burr The Grand Jury in and for the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Kentucky, Frankfort Term, was convinced. The man had committed treason against the United States of America. “He did willfully and unlawfully, and from evil...

History too

The Legal Genealogist is thoroughly embarrassed. Yesterday’s blog lamenting our newly-acquired headaches in finding federal court records due to the relocation of some records to a different National Archives repository missed part of the issue. Yes, as the blog...

Going, going…

… Gone to Kansas City Researching federal court records has always been a bit of a problem. First, of course, a researcher like The Legal Genealogist needed to know what record group the National Archives of the United States had assigned the specific type of...

Reading the law again

New access to case reporters Some time ago, The Legal Genealogist was over the moon at the very thought of having free online access to the case reporters held by the Harvard Law School Library. It was nearly four years ago that Harvard announced that it had partnered...

In those legal records

The stories to be found How many times has The Legal Genealogist said it? There’s so much to be learned by simply sitting down and poking around in volumes of old legal records. Whether it’s a private law evidencing a soldier’s loss of an arm while...

A daily dose of documents

When the internees fought back It remains one of the most shameful episodes in American history. That time when the United States rounded up tens of thousands of people, the vast majority of them American citizens, and locked them up in camps far from their...

In Record Group 21

The records of a life-changing event Her name was Lucy Ridsdale. She lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 107 years ago today she lost a gold English watch, a silver tea pot, Spanish lace scarves and more, amounting to more than $3,000 in value. His name was Emilio...