Please release me…

….let me go Reader Barbara Schenck is working on a Missouri estate file and came across a couple of documents that have her perplexed. The case began early in 1843 in Polk County, Missouri, when one James K. Mallicoat died without leaving a will. His widow Nancy...

Reprise: the commonwealths

The difference The question came up again yesterday from a reader — the same one that had reader Mary Simons puzzled by a few years back. “I used to live in Pennsylvania,” Mary wrote back in 2012, “and now I live in Tennessee. Some of my ancestors are from...

Those damn dams

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. Did you ever stop and think about the situation our ancestors faced when they wanted to build a mill and needed to dam a watercourse to provide the water power...

A matter of relation

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Greek, part law French, even part Anglo-Saxon. And all confusing. The story that reader Charles William Meiser found in the newspaper article was a wonderful one for a genealogist. Under the headline “Mary’s little lamb”...