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Those Iowa place names

Saying them right The Legal Genealogist is headed to Iowa later this week for the Iowa Genealogical Society‘s Annual Fall Conference. On Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, at the Toad Valley Golf Course in Pleasant Hill, we’re going to talk about...

Indulge that inner law geek

Research those federal court cases The Legal Genealogist is in high cotton right now with the announcement by the Law Library of Congress of its new Federal Courts Web Archive. Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m a law geek. What can I say? The announcement by In Custodia...

Moving forward at FamilySearch

Digitization: Those pesky icons & more The Legal Genealogist was as dismayed as anyone when FamilySearch announced back in June that microfilm ordering would be ended this fall… and there were some gaps in the new system for access to microfilmed records....

The business of California

Reading the ads In just about every county, in most cities and many small towns, there is one source a genealogist can count on at least for background information about the time and the place. It’s the newspapers. Published once a week or once a day, sometimes...

Finding the Hales

Not where they might be expected… Let’s see here… California. Alabama. Virginia. Nope. Those are not the same. Not the same number of letters. Not the same places. And yet it became clear last night that there is something that ties them all...

Mapping California

Part of America’s treasures in an American treasure They range from 1680 to 2012. They are 230 in number. They originated with the United States War Department. With the National Park Service. With the State Mining Bureau. And with a wide variety of private...

Beyond the city limits

Directories for the rest of us The Legal Genealogist had no sooner pushed the “publish” button on last week’s blog post about city directories than the laments began. “I wish my people had lived in cities,” one wailed. “Mine were all farmers,” another...

Another day, another statute…

… in Maryland’s colonial legislature You have to wonder, just a little, about Maryland in the 1730s. The Legal Genealogist certainly did, last night, while poking around in early statutes in anticipation of this weekend’s Fall Seminar of the Maryland...

Year 16… never forget…

16 years later… It was sixteen years ago today. A stunningly beautiful day, one of those early fall days in the northeast that fills your heart with joy as you inhale the crisp morning air under deep blue skies with brilliant sunshine. A day on which, you might...

Seeking direction

Using city directories The Legal Genealogist is off to California this morning, en route to tomorrow’s Fall seminar of the San Diego Genealogical Society. Yesterday was the last day to register online, but you can always check with the society about walk-in...