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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...

2019 alphabet soup: O is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. It’s institute season. This week was the Midwest African-American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana....

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...

2019 alphabet soup: N is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The Legal Genealogist has been off gallivanting in England, and isn’t quite sure today what time zone it is, what day it is, or even what continent this...

2019 alphabet soup: M is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. So The Legal Genealogist is off across the pond this week, looking forward greatly to The Genealogy Show which gets underway Friday at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England....

2019 alphabet soup: L is for…

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. SCGS Jamboree, and its 50th anniversary. The Genealogy Show UK, the first of what we can all hope will be many. And about a kazillion deadlines for handouts,...

That legal demise

A suggestion of death The issue of death seems to The Legal Genealogist to be pretty much a black and white issue. Either you’re dead or you’re not. But the way that can be referenced in a legal document can be … well … downright odd, and...