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More one-stop law

Two new states this week!! There isn’t anything The Legal Genealogist loves more than one-stop-shopping resources for early state laws. And so there’s not much I’m more grateful for than a fellow genealogist who is collecting links to early state...

A snippet of thanks

Chasing those Germans again… with help Even in this busiest season of the year, there are those who give of themselves. And The Legal Genealogist is oh so very grateful that they do. And doesn’t want to let any grass grow underfoot before saying thanks,...

Treatying history

Ratified Indian Treaties online There are 374 of them in all, transferred to the National Archives from the Department of State almost a century ago. The first is dated 14 August 1722, signed at Fort George, New York. The last is dated 13 August 1868, signed at...

Written in Granite

New Hampshire petitions online It’s the Granite State’s turn. New Hampshire has now joined the list of states with online copies of one of The Legal Genealogist’s favorite resource types. New Hampshire’s legislative petitions for the years...

A start point…

… for American legal research There’s not a day that goes by without the question coming in to The Legal Genealogist. “How do I find out what the law was in (insert name of some American state)?” And, just about every time, the answer begins the same way....

Attention law geeks!

… and law-geek wannabes… If there’s anything The Legal Genealogist believes wholeheartedly, it’s that there’s no such thing as too much legal education, particularly legal education that genealogists can use. And an ongoing series of...

All that foolin’ around…

All those cases about… Okay, The Legal Genealogist has come to the conclusion that people are simply obsessed. And they always have been. With… Um… Well… Is there a delicate way to say with sex? Sigh… I guess not. But judging from the...

Labor Day 2021

First Monday in September No matter how fast or slow any particular summer seems to be, it always seems to catch The Legal Genealogist by surprise. It’s the first Monday in September. Here in the United States, today is the first holiday of the fall: Be it...

North of the line

Recording the enslaved in the North The year was 1782, the place Windsor County, Vermont. And an eight-year-old boy named Anthony faced a fearful fate. Eight years old. Enslaved. And sold away from his parents. Yes, The Legal Genealogist hastens to note, slavery north...

Those interrogatories…

Standard Southern Claims Commission questions Any researcher who works with Southern Claims Commission files knows the occasional frustration of seeing a detailed report setting out the claimant’s answers to what are obviously very specific questions…...