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Begging your pardon

Begging your pardon Records of the Civil War The war had already been going on for more than two years on that day in December, 154 years ago today. The country had been through Bull Run and Antietam and Shiloh and Vicksburg and Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and...

Remembering Halifax

With Christmas trees and records It arrived in Boston in November — a 53-foot white spruce given to the city by the Campbell family of Cape Breton Island. Lit up on Boston Common last week, it was a gift to the people of the City of Boston from the people of...

Maps of the Civil War

New collection online from NARA One each from Maryland and Oklahoma. Two each from Kentucky and Texas. Four from Alabama. Six each from Arkansas and Missouri. Ten from South Carolina. Seventeen from Mississippi, and another 17 from Tennessee. Twenty from Georgia....

Early citizenship records

Don’t overlook the laws! It’s a natural enough thought that even The Legal Genealogist has: when we want to find naturalization records, we look to the court records of the day. Right? Um… Maybe not. Or at least not for everything. Case in point: On...

Records of passing

Get all the documents All Hallows’ Eve. All Saints Day. All Souls Day. Day of the Dead. The calendar here at this time of year can make some people think there’s something really macabre — or depressing — about the end of October and beginning...

Stamping the law

Finding early British laws It was entitled “An act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties, in the British colonies and plantations in America, towards further defraying the expences of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for...

A proper Halloween inquest

Cases of death Don’t blame The Legal Genealogist. The NYG&B started it. Really.1 So it’s all their fault. But what better topic to pick up on, here on Halloween 2017, than the topic of unusual ways to die…? Now I’ll admit I certainly...

Forty-two names

Licenses, 1762 style There are 42 names on the list in the records of the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace held at York for the County of York the last Tuesday of July 1762. Every one of them is set out in full, with first name, last name and even, in...