Naming names in Arizona

In the statute books too Today is the day The Legal Genealogist toughens up and does that terribly hard thing that’s been looming in the schedule this week. After all, I’m speaking Saturday at the 2019 Seminar of the West Valley Genealogical Society, and...

Changing gears

… legally speaking … Sometimes just knowing what the law is, isn’t enough. Sometime what we need to know is how and when the law changed. After yesterday’s blog post about expatriation and some of the records created by repatriation,1 a reader...

Happy birthday, Mr. Hamilton!

Here’s to 230 years of Treasury records The text for the post Today’s Document, posted each day by the U.S. National Archives, is short and sweet: Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757, the illegitimate son of a poor itinerant merchant. He would...

Sourcing the lingo

Law dictionaries online It was a particularly timely question that came in from reader Kellye Hawkins. Just after The Legal Genealogist had given a virtual presentation this past Saturday to the Florida Genealogical Society – Tampa about legal lingo and how to...

More copyright-free images

With an artistic touch One of the big challenges genealogists face is finding copyright-free images we can use to illustrate blogs, presentations, family history books and more. The Legal Genealogist has highlighted some terrific resources for images before, including...

The advent of numbers

Social Security numbers, that is… Reader Lori Jansen was looking for a little more background on the advent of numbers. Social Security numbers, to be precise, in the hopes that she might find some information about some of her family members. The question came...