Veteran’s Day 2018

Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 — one hundred years ago today — the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, the survivors breathed a...

Tennessee from A to Z

The names in the petitions There are very few record sets The Legal Genealogist loves more than legislative petitions. The right to petition for redress of grievances has been part of Anglo-American history since the Magna Carta in 1215.1 A resolution of the House of...

Columbus Day quiz answer

… not as expected! So The Legal Genealogist threw out a question to readers yesterday, Columbus Day, 2018. When did Columbus Day first become an official federal holiday? Quite honestly, in getting ready to write a quick blog post about the holiday,1 I...

Empire State laws

Republishing the Manhattan Past list Once upon a time, there was a website called Manhattan Past. It had a lot of goodies on that site, but the one The Legal Genealogist used most often was its list of the laws of New York, from its earliest colonial times through to...

Do a labor of love

A Labor Day research plan The Legal Genealogist isn’t working today. Even though it’s a Monday. Ordinarily a work day. But not today. Not here in the United States. This day, this first Monday in September,1 is a holiday here in the United States: Be it...

The law and the island

Bloody Island, Illinois The Legal Genealogist has made the point before: by looking at the early laws of an area, we can understand an awful lot about our ancestors who lived then — what mattered to them enough to pass a law about it. So… looking at early...

The peculiar institution

A little more peculiar in Georgia Reader Harriet Peterson noticed something unusual about The Legal Genealogist’s choice of early Georgia laws to highlight in the blog on Wednesday. “I found it interesting that none of the laws you listed had anything to do with...

What’s important to the law

… or, what was important to our ancestors! The Legal Genealogist makes no bones about one simple fact. I’m a law geek. A total unmitigated nerd when it comes to the law and legal history. I love the way the law teaches us about the history of our country,...