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...

Enough already yet

Case law as entertainment Okay, so this isn’t exactly genealogy, but it is law, and it’s far too rich for The Legal Genealogist to let it pass without passing it on. It’s the whole idea of case law — written opinions or documents by judges...

No girls allowed

Women on juries in NY and elsewhere So The Legal Genealogist did her civic duty on Monday and sat around for most of a day waiting to be excused from jury service. It isn’t that I wouldn’t like to serve on a jury. It’s the fact that I’m not the...

Hiring a navy

And-a privateering we shall go… It was 242 years ago today when the Continental Congress first took the critical action needed to try to balance out the enormous naval power of the British empire. It had to do it. After all, the colonies were at war. The other...