A different question

A special guardian for what child? Reader Bridget Wanderer was baffled. The court record she’d come across just didn’t make sense. She knew that her grandmother Gladys was enumerated living with her father, stepmother and grandfather Forrest H. Mitchell in...

The laws of Christmas: 2018 reprise

It wasn’t always a holiday In keeping with The Legal Genealogist’s holiday tradition of keeping the blog going while scrambling to handle holiday duties, this post (a reprise from years past), has a question for you: Are you planning for a good rest in...

The advent of numbers

Social Security numbers, that is… Reader Lori Jansen was looking for a little more background on the advent of numbers. Social Security numbers, to be precise, in the hopes that she might find some information about some of her family members. The question came...

Once again, thank you, Utah!

Eight-five years ago today This day is so wonderful to The Legal Genealogist that a blog post recognizing it should be automagically scheduled to run every year on the fifth of December without fail. As it is, this is the fourth time I’ve taken the time —...

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...