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A matter of friendship

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The Legal Genealogist assures you, dear reader: the relationship didn’t morph in all the years of Clarence Wells’ life. Joe Wells is clearly the...

Much obliged

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The pace of life continues to pick up as The Legal Genealogist heads into the summer institute season so… Snippets. When, as and if time allows. Though...

It’s a crime

Maintenance as an offense There is — ulp!! — just one week to go before the 44th annual conference of the National Genealogical Society begins in Sacramento, California. Themed Our American Mosaic, this conference will draw speakers, exhibitors and...

Indentures indeed

Not just for servants or apprentices A Vermont librarian was a little confused by a word used to describe a donated record. Patti Houghton Arrison, librarian at the Weathersfield, Vermont, Historical Society, was delighted to have the record: an 1857 document...

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...

Prove it!

Not a physical act! It came up again just last week, in a legal document from the late 1700s in New York State that a fellow genealogist needed help understanding. It’s a phrase often seen in court pleadings from years ago — and one that’s not used...