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Garden State laws of yore

Finding New Jersey law Reader Bonnie Brown is in luck. Reading a great post by my friend and colleague Amy Johnson Crow (here), she has a lead on connecting her line to a Revolutionary War patriot. One hitch: she needs to know the laws of descent at the time and in...

The laws Down East

Look elsewhere for the answer Reader Noel Ferre found himself perplexed. “I found a court record, Maine 1695,which states only ‘Abraham Preble, married contrary to law,’” he wrote. “What would the law have been at that time?” A great question, because it reminds us...

A matter of consent

The consenting adults Reader Cathy Holcombe was puzzled by a marriage record. It looked like it might be a marriage bond. But it didn’t have the language of a typical marriage bond. Yet it had something most marriage bonds have: signatures of other people. So...

Family feuds, Kiwi-style

Dueling administrators Oh, the tales the court records tell… And it doesn’t really matters whose court records or where or why… there is always a story to be told. For some reason, The Legal Genealogist ended up poking around in records of the New...

The women of Sacramento County

Going it on their own They weren’t at all rare. It happened all the time. The Legal Genealogist found that the court records and even the newspapers of the day are full of the reports: • On the 23rd of February 1880, the application of Eliza J. Limbaugh was...