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Dividing the land… redux

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Some years ago, The Legal Genealogist addressed the question of what a moiety was in a land record. And, of course, because a moiety in real estate creates a right to roughly equal shares,1 and...

Reading the law

Oh, the stories in those books So you start out reading a statute book of some of the very first laws in a jurisdiction, and practically the first thing you come across is a special law authorizing the movement of some prisoners awaiting trial for murder from one...

Saying no

Wives occasionally did that… and got away with it A favorite topic of The Legal Genealogist is that of the legal rights of our female ancestors. Or, to be more precise, the absence of legal rights for most of our female ancestors for the duration of their...

Not passing in the night

The case of the collision The Legal Genealogist is familiar, as we all are, with the phrase about two ships passing in the night. The notion is that, in the darkness out at sea, two ships can pass even fairly close to each other and never be aware of the other. And,...

The case of the family feud

Dueling administrators Oh, the tales the court records tell… And it doesn’t really matters whose court records or where or why… there is always a story to be told. For some reason, The Legal Genealogist ended up poking around in records of the New...