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Introducing Historic Publications on Women, Labor, and Related Laws

My 19-year-old mother was tricky to find in Brooklyn in the 1950 census. I expected that. The family moved frequently. Her grandparents were deceased and their touchstone of a home was no longer in the family. It was around when … Continue reading

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Margaret McBride’s Parade Street Home: Introducing Historic Pennsylvania Law

It was 1836. My great-great-great-grandmother, Margaret (Jones) McBride, bought real estate on Parade Street in Erie, Pennsylvania. She was a married woman whose husband, Cornelius, was not mentioned in the deed. Nor was her marital status. Welcome to Pennsylvania![1]

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Introducing Historic Colorado Law, the Plus Edition

I would normally love to tell you about my ancestors and their connection to the state I am posting. But Colorado? It’s complicated.

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Remember Minnesota?

I introduced the Historic Minnesota Statutes page in October. Back then it felt like I was off the hook a little, because the state’s revisor of statutes had a fantastic collection of old session laws online. I have changed my … Continue reading

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Introducing Historic Chicago Legal Periodicals

Two limited runs of Chicago legal periodicals were added to the Illinois section of The Advancing Genealogist’s online law library. The publications have value to genealogists and historians, some beyond Illinois.

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Homesteading in Oklahoma: Introducing Historic Oklahoma Law

The Land Rush of 1889 started on April 22nd. My great-great-grandfather, Peter Stillman Loy, arrived two days late for Oklahoma homestead land. His claim was dated 24 April 1889. Peter’s aunt, Margaret S. Tucker, made her claim on 1 September … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Assumptions: Introducing Historic Nebraska Law

I didn’t have ancestors in Nebraska. Two distant sidelines settled there. It was not an online law library priority, not in the way that previous states were added. I had research interest in most state pages already built. But Nebraska?

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