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Not just for mariners!

New York City’s Marine Court Reader Nancy Spencer had a question that sent The Legal Genealogist scrambling for the law books. “My g-g grandfather was a policeman at the Marine court at Castle Garden,” she wrote. “Where would the record for his position be...

That stitch in time

Nope, not Franklin The Legal Genealogist is no fan of changing the clocks twice a year. It doesn’t truly save time anywhere. It throws off circadian rhythms for days, even weeks, after each change. And you will never ever get my cat to accept that a clock change...

The 31st state

Recording California The Preamble was short and sweet: Whereas the people of California have presented a constitution and asked admission into the Union, which constitution was submitted to Congress by the President of the United States, by message dated February...

Labor Day 2021

First Monday in September No matter how fast or slow any particular summer seems to be, it always seems to catch The Legal Genealogist by surprise. It’s the first Monday in September. Here in the United States, today is the first holiday of the fall: Be it...

Snippets 2021 v.3

About those guardians… It’s institute season here at The Legal Genealogist — which means busy times! When I’m not teaching genealogy courses in one institute, I’m doing it at another, or at a conference, like today and tomorrow in...

The third part

A third leg to the consent tripod The age of consent has been an issue the last couple of days. Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist responded to a discussion on Facebook, and explained the difference between the age of consent (in criminal law) and the age of consent (in...