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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...

Processing the borders

Service of process limits So last week The Legal Genealogist tackled the question of service of process — the notion that somebody has to be given a copy of the documents that require an appearance in court. Process, in this regard, is the legal term for the...

Serving up process

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It’s a phrase The Legal Genealogist sees only too often in court records everywhere. “Continued, no service of process having been had.” It came up most recently in the records of my scoundrel...

The lights go on

New Jersey unseals OBCs Yesterday was the first official work day of 2017. And the first day of a Brave New World for adoptees and their birth parents in the State of New Jersey. Because yesterday, the first official work day of 2017, was the first official day on...