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...

Oh, yes, there are files

More on SCOTUS For the last two days, as The Legal Genealogist struggles to emerge from the fog of jetlag, we’ve been talking about the Supreme Court of the United States and its published opinions. Which, inevitably, led at least one reader — Doug Bell...

Not the only game in town

More on finding Supreme Court cases Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist tried to ease back into genealogy blogging after traveling in Australia. It was not the smoothest of transitions. Starting off with not initially giving the link to the collection of U.S. Supreme...

That lesser crime

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. As genealogists, we all love the bad boys (and girls) of our families. The rogues and rascals and especially the lawbreakers. Because they generally do us the...

Name that court

Finding the records means knowing the court A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but having forty-‘leven names — depending on the jurisdiction — for one key court creating one key set of records isn’t a sweet thing for genealogists to...

Books not just for lawyers

Regional case resources It was first published in 1879. It was the first of its kind, and to folks out on the Great Plains, it was a critically needed resource. And, today, it can be exceedingly useful not just to lawyers, but to genealogists as well. It’s the...