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Those snippets

Word-picture postcards of a life They are among the most precious gifts a genealogist can ever receive. Those snippets that help breathe life into the names and dates and places of our research. In late August 1908, The Legal Genealogist’s great grandfather...

That long switchover

From pounds and pence to dollars and cents Reader David Watson poses a terrific question: “The US government established the U.S. dollar as the unit of currency in 1792,” he writes. “Nevertheless, I’ve seen marriage bonds where the bond is expressed in ‘pounds’ well...

Transcribing history

The Citizen Archivist program There can be no better time than the Memorial Day weekend to join the ranks of the transcription warriors. No better time than this to add the brainpower of the genealogical community to the Citizen Archivist program of the U.S. National...

Links in the family chains

Why chase land grant records The Legal Genealogist loves the readers of this blog. And Facebook friends. And the genealogical community in general. Yesterday, I asked folks to join with me in crowdsourcing the acquisition of North Carolina land grant records for the...

Buy some land!

Okay… buy and share some land records! What a week this has been! It’s the week of the 2021 Family History Conference of the National Genealogical Society — virtual, of course, and not the conference we all hoped for in Richmond this year. But NGS...

Proclaiming the war

175 years ago today It’s really only a couple of sentences, thanks to a whole bunch of commas and semicolons that probably should be periods. You can find it in the appendix to volume IX of the United States Statutes at Large. And despite the almost unanimous...

Legal Michigan

A one-stop shop for early Michigan statutes Michigan. The state whose territory — home to various Native American tribes — was first claimed by France as part of the New France colony, then by the British, then by the new United States.1 It was part of the...

A fair alternative

NARA offers webinar series The U.S. National Archives has delighted genealogists for years by offering a free event in the fall called the Virtual Genealogy Fair. Since 2013, NARA has held the event — generally in October — with educational presentations...

And how it began…

The bombardment of Fort Sumter There was no question but that war would come. The only question, really, was when. By the beginning of April of 1861, seven southern states had already passed ordinances of secession — South Carolina was first on 29 December 1860,...

Executive Order 6101

Launching the CCC It was on the fifth of April 1933 that Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed it. It was intended to implement, in part, the provisions of “An Act for the relief of unemployment through the performance of useful public work, and for other purposes,” which...