Category Archives: Law

Missouri: Adoption and Original Birth Certificates, Take Three

If you have an interest in original birth certificates from Missouri, take note.

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Ohio Adoption File Access Opens on 20 March 2015

There is good news for Ohio adoptees whose adoptions took place between 1 January 1964 and 18 September 1996. Beginning Friday, 20 March 2015, they or their lineal descendants may request their adoption files, which include original birth certificates (OBCs) … Continue reading

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Marriage and Divorce Statute Digests, Courtesy of the Bureau of the Census

What was the most popular cause given for a divorce filed by a husband from 1867 to 1906? Was the same cause predominant in divorces when the wife was the plaintiff?

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Illinois Adoption Act Changes for 2015

Changes are coming to the Illinois Adoption Act. The changes go into effect on 1 January 2015. Several changes impact those who were party to an adoption, or their family members. 

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New on the Illinois Virtual Law Library Book Shelf – 24 November 2014

Three Illinois statute books have been added to my Illinois virtual law library.  The three-volume set is important to those researching Illinois laws from the mid-1800s. 

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Legally Omitted

Illinois adoptees often ask about an item found on some original birth certificates, usually where the birth father’s name should appear. Legally Omitted is sometimes written in place of a name.

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About Indexes to Illinois Statutory Law

What’s as cool and handy as having links to digitized books containing every Illinois statutory law published between territorial times and 1921, senate and house transcripts from 1971 to 1996, and statutes from 1997 to the present? An index to … Continue reading

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