Wiggles and squiggles

That curly thing on documents Reader Kate Trigger Duffert needed some help with a symbol that appeared on an ancestor’s will and, in searching for an answer, came across an older blog post about the marks our ancestors often used to sign documents. “Found this...

On beyond Black’s

Sometimes you need another dictionary The Legal Genealogist loves it when a reader question offers up a gold-studded opportunity for learning . And reader Patricia Victor did just that with her question on the legal Latin term levari facias. She said she looked the...

Into the ring

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It’s mid-way through the GRIP week, and The Legal Genealogist is exhilarated… and tired. I’m a student this week, at least mostly, back in the classroom at the Genealogical...

A matter of rank

The brevet rank in military law Reader GR Gordon is struggling to understand the use of “Brevet” military ranks by several men from a maternal grandfather’s home town in upstate New York, who were members of the Company H, 5th New York Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, in...