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Just one day…

… in 1870 There are days in history when nothing much happens. Nothing that The Legal Genealogist would say is something that was likely to change lives or — more importantly for us as family historians — to create records. Perfectly ordinary days...

The beginning of the end

214 years ago today It was a baby step as steps go, but one by a Very Big Baby. One of the major players in the international trade finally called it quits as a matter of law. Exactly 214 years ago today, 25 March 1807, England said “enough” when it came to the slave...

Remember their names

Recording the data of the enslaved The Legal Genealogist is often asked the same question about researching the enslaved. “Where can I record the information I find about enslaved persons that I come across in my family research?” And — sigh — every time...

Dating a typo

Just when was that published anyway? Genealogists all know about publication dates. So many of the resources we use are published items where we need to carefully record the publication date. Just as one example, The Legal Genealogist’s favorite resource,...

America’s law blog

From America’s law library For many genealogists, their favorite law-related blog is The Legal Genealogist. And for that, I’m most appreciative. But The Legal Genealogist has one more for you to read. The one I read, all the time. It’s...

The joy of David Rumsey

Genealogists loooooooove maps Oh yes we do. Old maps. New maps. Road maps. Tax maps. The Legal Genealogist and every other family history researcher worth the name — we all loooooooove maps. Which means we loooooooove David Rumsey and the David Rumsey Historical...

Google that, but…

Use the right Google! Reader Sherwin was frustrated at not being able to find what he was looking for. “In early 19th century Kentucky, an ancestor served as constable and as jailer,” he wrote. “The old Order Books speak of ‘the oaths required by law’ that he took for...

It’s just not as good

An alternative resource… but not as good Genealogists want the best resource. The one with the most information. The one with — oh, just as one example — an ancestor’s signature. The original record, however and whenever we can get our hands on...

The uncommonly good Commons

The Commons on Flickr An announcement that crossed The Legal Genealogist’s desk a short while ago brought to mind an uncommonly good resource for genealogists and historical researchers of all stripes. It’s called, simply, The Commons. And its goal, it...

A daily dose of history

From the U.S. National Archives It’s one of The Legal Genealogist’s favorite parts of the day. Checking out the daily dose of history online in one special place. On September 14th, it featured a report on the bombardment of Fort McHenry.1 On September...