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Processing the borders

Service of process limits So last week The Legal Genealogist tackled the question of service of process — the notion that somebody has to be given a copy of the documents that require an appearance in court. Process, in this regard, is the legal term for the...

The dog that did bark

Ooooops… The Legal Genealogist had an absolute ball last night giving a webinar for the Board for Certification of Genealogists, through Legacy Family Tree Webinars, on negative evidence. It’s available online right now and for a few days will be free to...

The mileage fee

For witnesses and jurors, a clue Every document — every single document — in every single court file in every single repository — might tell a story. Which is why The Legal Genealogist so often recommends getting court records, and milking them for...

No magic bullet

As much as DNA can help… As much as The Legal Genealogist is a total DNA geek, and as much as DNA must be considered whenever any of us sits down to map out a research plan, we are going to be disappointed if we delude ourselves into thinking that DNA is always...

Placing the law

Finding the law means finding the place It’s been the standard mantra of The Legal Genealogist from the outset. To understand the records, we have to understand the law. And not just the law in some sort of generalized fashion, but the law at the exact time and...

In just one volume

Some clues to answering a key genealogical question So often, the key issue The Legal Genealogist faces — like any other genealogist — in trying to answer a question is how to distinguish person 1 from person 2. And so often some or all of the answer can...