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Snippet: A new PERSI portal

Allen County Public Library has a new PERSI search Past halfway in the German Gothic and Fraktur course at the virtual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogist this week, and The Legal Genealogist continues to fight to slay those handwritten dragons. Is that really a...

Snippet: Finding NC land

The not-exactly-lost have been found The Legal Genealogist’s brain is exploding here at mid-week. Is that a capital L in German script or a capital B? A lower-case E or lower-case N? Is that goofy-looking pen mark the “flag” of a capital K or is that...

Loving the bad boys…

Newly digitized records of Alcatraz The Legal Genealogist is a total fangirl when it comes to the bad boys… and bad girls… of our family history. Because — sigh — the one thing they do that so many of our teachers and preachers and farmers...

Not just for mariners!

New York City’s Marine Court Reader Nancy Spencer had a question that sent The Legal Genealogist scrambling for the law books. “My g-g grandfather was a policeman at the Marine court at Castle Garden,” she wrote. “Where would the record for his position be...

The One-Step Webpages are NOT spam

No matter what Facebook says… In just a little more than three months, every American genealogist will be anxiously trying to access one website. When the 1950 census goes online on 1 April at, first, the National Archives of the United States and then —...

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...