Those boring cases

Another look at admiralty law The judicial power of the United States, according to Article III of the United States Constitution, shall extend “to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made,...

Warranting distress

A stressful situation for all One sofa, valued at $10.00. Two carpets, another $10.00. A hearth rug, 50 cents. A table cloth and a looking glass, $3.00 each. A bureau, $8.00. Six chairs, $6.00. A small table, $2.50. A small glass, 50 cents. Blinds, $2.00. A rocking...

2019 alphabet soup: Q is for…

Not on the planet Arrakis but… The Legal Genealogist is scrambling to try to catch a bunch of different balls now in the air without letting too many of them hit the ground and bounce. So you know what that means, right? Yup. More 2019 legal alphabet soup. We’re...

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...