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Of patents and deeds

What’s the difference anyway? Pop quiz time. What’s the difference in American law between a patent for land and a deed for land? This was an issue up for discussion on Facebook yesterday when a poster had a copy of a land patent in favor of an ancestor in...

Snippets 2021 v.8

Consorting with… One more institute to go this summer and The Legal Genealogist’s schedule will start getting back to normal. Whatever “normal” is these days. In the meantime, another snippet of genealogy…. This time a bit of definition, sparked by a...

Snippets 2021 v.7

That -ix ending It’s still busy season around these parts — catching up after a series of institutes and getting ready for another one coming up fast. So… Another snippet of genealogy in this busy time. And this one is a snippet of terminology...

Snippets 2021 v.5

That exceptional administrator A week of law. Almost a week of African-American research. A week of DNA. A week of federal records. Heading into a week of methodology. Oh, and don’t forget the more than a week of the Germans. It’s institute season, plus a...

The third part

A third leg to the consent tripod The age of consent has been an issue the last couple of days. Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist responded to a discussion on Facebook, and explained the difference between the age of consent (in criminal law) and the age of consent (in...

Land buying age

How old did you have to be…? It’s a common question, and yet another one landed in The Legal Genealogist’s emailbox first thing this morning: How old did someone have to be to buy land in (some common law jurisdiction) in (some early year)? Now you...

Review: a matter of degree

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. Note: As we all struggle to come to terms with current events, it may prove helpful to look back at some of our history. Believing firmly that knowing how we got here may help us all see the way...