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In the swamp

Those other land acts The puzzlement of The Legal Genealogist over the migration of an ancestor from Alabama to Arkansas between 1850 and 1860 led to some research being done by readers, and some suggestions being offered. And one in particular needs some more...

A challenge for Arkansas

Digitize that book It’s always such a pleasure for The Legal Genealogist to go poking around in digitized volumes of early statutes. There’s always something to learn, in the pages of those early laws. About the way people thought in a particular time and...

Women in the Land of Opportunity

A place to start It is a statute almost unimaginable in its time and place. Passed by a territorial legislature far from the urban centers of the nation where it might have been expected. And it is noteworthy in so many ways. The statute? One The Legal Genealogist...

A grand sight

And a grand new site At a Special Court of Oyer and Terminer and Jail Delivery held at Corydon in the County of Harrison on Monday, the seventh of March, 1814, 18 men found themselves cast into a role they would not likely have held, at least not often, before that...

The extraordinarily ordinary

The Laws of 1862 It is, so much, an ordinary book of laws. And yet… and yet… And yet there is so much that is so very extraordinary. In so many ways, so much what the Florida Legislature did that term, when it met in the First Session of its 12th General...

Drawing the lines

The changes in Florida county borders “Beginning at the northwest corner of township thirty-one south, of range thirty-five east.” That’s the way the law begins. … thence east on the line dividing the townships thirty and thirty-one south, to the point...

What a nuisance!

The federal crime, that is… It is, today, a quiet residential neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Google street view image shows some modest single family homes. A small apartment building or two. Driveway basketball hoops. Sideyard grills. Picnic tables...

Marriage, Kentucky style

How old did they have to be? Reader Marian Corya was stumped on an issue of Kentucky law. “How do I find the legal age for marriage for men and women in various time periods and places?” she asked The Legal Genealogist. “I want to know how old a person needed to be in...

Learning from the law

Not the politics of the day A toughening of immigration and naturalization laws sending a clear signal to immigrants that they are, in general, not welcome here. Even legal immigrants under threat of removal from the United States whenever the President deems them...