The business of genealogy

Looking at corporate history It was 167 years ago today that two men joined forces in New York City to start a new business designed to serve the needs of a growing nation in the wake of the California Gold Rush. Their names: Henry Wells. William G. Fargo. Yes, that...

Drawing the lines

When county borders get fuzzy As genealogists we all know how counties are created, right? The legislature of the appropriate jurisdiction — colony, territory or state — passes a law creating the new county and setting out its borders. Kind of like what...

Legally speaking in Alabama

One-stop shopping for state laws So The Legal Genealogist is doing the usual poking around in old laws, getting ready for this weekend’s 2019 Spring Seminar of the Alabama Genealogical Society, to be held at Samford University. And it’s really easy to do...

Naming names in Arizona

In the statute books too Today is the day The Legal Genealogist toughens up and does that terribly hard thing that’s been looming in the schedule this week. After all, I’m speaking Saturday at the 2019 Seminar of the West Valley Genealogical Society, and...

Changing gears

… legally speaking … Sometimes just knowing what the law is, isn’t enough. Sometime what we need to know is how and when the law changed. After yesterday’s blog post about expatriation and some of the records created by repatriation,1 a reader...