Lone Star memorials

Texas legislative petitions online So The Legal Genealogist has spent the past few days in Texas, speaking at the Dallas Genealogical Society’s 2019 Summer Seminar and then doing some research. Into my family. Yeah, occasionally I do insist on doing my own...

Ancestry and Arolsen

Digitization brings Holocaust-era records online Wolf and Moses Arm were Polish citizens when they sailed to the United States as displaced persons aboard the SS Marine Perch in August of 1946. Wolf was 16. Moses was 6. There weren’t any adults with that surname...

Wayback it!

Archive those pages A friend and genealogical colleague was lamenting this week that information he curated and contributed to one of the genealogical wikis had disappeared in the course of later edits. The problem now appears to be curable and folks are trying to...

In those legal records

The stories to be found How many times has The Legal Genealogist said it? There’s so much to be learned by simply sitting down and poking around in volumes of old legal records. Whether it’s a private law evidencing a soldier’s loss of an arm while...

Happy birthday, Homestead Act!

Signed into law 157 years ago today He was a Union soldier home on furlough, so the story goes. And he was determined not to lose his chance under a new law due to take effect on the first of January 1863. Due to report back to his unit in St. Louis, he prevailed on...

Referencing legal Wisconsin

Badger State laws It has a long and rich history. Originally part of the original Northwest Territory, between 1788 and 1800, and then part of Indiana Territory from 1800 to 1809, Illinois Territory from 1809 to 1818, Michigan Territory from 1818 to 1836 before...

Collecting the resources

Collections at HathiTrust The Legal Genealogist is somewhat shamefaced today. An imprecise use of the terms for record sets at the online digitized service HathiTrust Digital Library in a blog post earlier this week left a reader frustrated. I was focusing on some...

Federal land in general

Happy birthday to the BLM GLO If there’s one thing that’s for certain in The Legal Genealogist’s world, it’s that the statutes of the United States and the states provide unlimited fodder for comment and — very often — a mass of...