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Are We There Yet? Introducing Historic West Virginia Law

No ancestor on my pedigree chart hailed from West Virginia. I don’t have a state-related ancestral tale to tell, but there is always a story.

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“Pikers,” “Dead Heads,” and a Second as the First: Introducing the Historic Law Collection of Hawaii

As a second child, James Cairn McBride’s parents might not have expected him to grow into a man of firsts.[1] Under his alter-ego, J. C. “Bud” Mars, James threw Hawaii’s first flight-related tantrum.[2]  

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“He lays his trouble to a cigar,”: Introducing Historic California Law

Captain Thomas D. McBride was first believed dead in 1883.[1] Final reports of his demise, 17 years later, were accurate.[2]

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South Dakota Revises Law on Original Birth Certificate Access

South Dakota’s governor signed HB 1231 into law on 23 March 2023.[1] The law allows an adult adopted person (age 18) to obtain their original birth certificate upon written request and proof of identification.[2]

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Advancing Your Research: A Peek at a Pennsylvania Presbyterian Newspaper

Chances are an ancestor’s obituary was annoyingly absent from their local newspaper. If the search was limited to a hometown paper, research may have stopped too soon.

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Advancing Your Education: “24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon” at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

The fourth annual 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon is scheduled for April 13 and 14, 2023. If that isn’t enough to catch your attention, a bonus hour brings you 25 hours of free genealogy education. 

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Small Bits: Introducing Historic Arizona Law

William Crittenden moved with wife Ella and son Ray to Arizona Territory from Illinois in 1907.[1] William was dead in two years,[2] but Ella saw statehood.[3]

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