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That silly scilicet

Unimportant legal lingo As many times as The Legal Genealogist has said we need to read every single solitary word in our legal documents, there’s a simple truth that shouldn’t be forgotten. It’s not all important stuff. Some legal lingo is pure...

The age to witness

Georgia in the early 19th century Reader Jennifer Kraus is on the hunt for clues. “I’ve been working on finding different ways to estimate DOBs for my ancestors in the absence of a record (e.g., bible, or church) that lists an actual date,” she writes....

The other rangers

Rangers, North Carolina style It popped up in a volume of Rutherford County, North Carolina, court minutes. The County Court of Rutherford County held an election for an office The Legal Genealogist had never associated with North Carolina. The office of County...

Obeying the rule

… the one against perpetuities So… the eagle-eyed genealogists out there surely noticed that quirk in the legal story. The one about the dust-up between the Disney Corporation and the State of Florida. Where Disney did an end-run around a new governing...

The meaning of that word

What invalid means in military parlance Reader Carol Bickel was stumped: “I cannot find a good definition for the meaning of ‘Invalid’ on the jacket of a military record.” And what it means here is a really good question, isn’t it? Because The Legal Genealogist...

Releasing the land

About that lease and release… You’ll see it all over the land records of colonial America. In one document, person A leases the land to person B. And in another, often a day or two later, and sometimes even on the same day, person A releases the land to...

Legal alphabet soup

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. It was published in a Missouri newspaper in early August 1876. The kind of report The Legal Genealogist just loves to see. Under the heading “Probate Court...