When it’s not online

That pesky GPS thing again There is one essential truism in genealogy that every single genealogist — The Legal Genealogist included — has encountered at one point or another to our dismay: It’s not all online. As a matter of fact, it’s...

To legalize the acts of Robert Leffler

Private laws in Indiana Everything Robert Leffler voted for in the 1843 term as school commissioner of Harrison County, Indiana, was technically illegal. Oh, it’s not that he hadn’t been re-elected as a school commissioner on the first Monday of August...

More Silver threads

Expanding the Baker family story One of the very best things about being a genealogist is the community of friends we build. The Legal Genealogist has been the beneficiary of this community so many times, and there just aren’t enough ways to say thank you. A...

Genealogical gem in Indiana

The wonders of ACPL There are some destinations that simply make a genealogist’s face light up. The Family History Library. The National Archives. The Library of Congress. And the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Where...

Taking notice

A lesson from Arkansas law It is one of the most basic elements of the law. You can’t do something about an issue if you don’t know about it. And so the law makes people who want you to have to do something — or who want to do something to you...

A worthy cause indeed

Today’s Conference for a Cause Today is the day The Legal Genealogist has been headed towards, roaming through Utah and Colorado this past week. Today is the fifth annual Conference for a Cause of the Larimer County, Colorado, Genealogical Society. It’s...

Centennial State laws

Colorado statutes from 1861 It was part of Spain, France — no, Spain — no, France — both Spain and France, the United States and Mexico and Texas, and then just the United States. At least some part of its land at one time or another had been in the Louisiana,...

Those first five words

How misleading they can be It’s often the first five words that flash through a genealogist’s mind. We hear about a repository that specializes in a particular type of records, and the first five words that we think of are: “That’s not about my...