2019 alphabet soup: B is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So it’s almost the halfway mark for the first week of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy for The Legal Genealogist. The main focus for me this first week is the Family History Law Library...

2019 alphabet soup: A is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Yep, The Legal Genealogist is back on the road. (I’m sure that will come as a shock… not…) It’s the start of the 2019 institutes as the 2019 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy gets underway, and Rick...

A different question

A special guardian for what child? Reader Bridget Wanderer was baffled. The court record she’d come across just didn’t make sense. She knew that her grandmother Gladys was enumerated living with her father, stepmother and grandfather Forrest H. Mitchell in...

Sourcing the lingo

Law dictionaries online It was a particularly timely question that came in from reader Kellye Hawkins. Just after The Legal Genealogist had given a virtual presentation this past Saturday to the Florida Genealogical Society – Tampa about legal lingo and how to...

It’s a fine mess

Or a post-fine mess… It’s truly a fine mess that reader Perry Streeter landed The Legal Genealogist in with a question that hit the blog this week. In an abstract at the National Archives of the United Kingdom, he came across a reference to a transaction...

That landed estate

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. Reader Debbie Hadley wasn’t having any luck. “I’ve spent the evening leafing through all kinds of texts on real property,” she said, but they...