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The price of imprecision

The language of the law You have to love the way the law works. Okay, okay, so if you’re The Legal Genealogist, you’re gonna love it no matter what — but c’mon, now. Any genealogist has to love the records that get created because of the law....

Bailing out

…of a different stripe… The case was heard in the December 1800 term of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania — and it’s exactly the kind of thing a genealogist hopes to find. George Keppele and Henry Zantzinger had been business partners in...

Silly suit season

Ancestry sued again The Legal Genealogist is going to go out on a limb here and declare that it must officially be silly suit season. Because a lawsuit just filed against Ancestry is really really really silly. Just filed in federal court in southern Illinois, the...

Case closed

Ancestry wins yearbook lawsuit A lawsuit claiming that Ancestry was causing legal injury by posting yearbook photos on its website and using them in advertising and promotional materials has been thrown out by a California federal court. The case, brought in late 2020...

Ancestry sued for yearbooks

Case filed in California Where’s the line between making material available for genealogical research, and using private data for commercial gain? A lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco on Monday may help define the answer to that question. The case,...