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And about that census…

Just read this A Pennsylvania genealogist, Tammy Hepps, has a lesson for us all, The Legal Genealogist included. It’s about that census… … And, more particularly, about that census taker. It’s an absolutely brilliant study of one enumeration...

A different set of vital records

Of the four-legged kind… It’s just a handful of pages of records in a book of town records from Shaftsbury, in Bennington County, Vermont, that FamilySearch has labeled Births, marriages, deaths 1765-1893 vol 1. After 24 pages of marriages starting in 1785...

Rumsey Maps to be text-searchable

Annotating the names on the maps In the spring of 1862, the city of Corinth, Mississippi, became a flashpoint in the U.S. Civil War between troops under the command of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and Union forces under the command of Major General Henry...

NARA and 1950

Census info available In case there’s a genealogist in the United States who’s been hiding under a rock for the last couple of years — and The Legal Genealogist agrees that there may very well have been good reason to have been doing just that...

About those annual reports

Remember the rule: no assumptions It is, The Legal Genealogist suggests, a reasonable assumption to make. Those annual reports from guardians in probate cases are really dull reading. So many of these guardianship accounts are little more than line entries with...

Weathering the storms

Historical reports for genealogy Every couple of years, The Legal Genealogist faces a day like today. Where the snow is lightly falling and the forecast is for… Well… Something. Maybe a dusting. And maybe a blizzard. Something they’re calling a bomb...

Learning the law

via LOC webinars Every genealogist has a happy place. For some, it might be the reading room in the National Archives of the United States in Washington, D.C. Or the special collections room of a particular library. Or the back room of a local courthouse that holds...

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...