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Genealogy and the Law

Order your copy today of this essential guide to the intersection between the law and genealogical research today! The National Genealogical Society presents this important work as part of its Special Topics series.

As a unique textbook, Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need in order to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

About the Book and Author

Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need in order to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

The authors, Kay Haviland Freilich and William B. Freilich, an award-winning genealogist and an attorney, both with long service in their professions, bring the perspectives of genealogy and the law together in a book that covers the language of the law, how to find pertinent
laws, the kinds of sources available, where they can be found, citation of
legal works, and how to apply legal research to genealogical problems.

Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 — Understanding the Law
  • Chapter 2 — Understanding the Terminology
  • Chapter 3 — Types of Law
  • Chapter 4 — Finding the Pertinent Law
  • Chapter 5 — Sources to Use
  • Chapter 6 — Where to Research
  • Chapter 7 — Citing Legal Sources
  • Chapter 8 — Applying the Law to Ancestral Events
  • Appendix 1 — Vocabulary of the Law
  • Appendix 2 — Selected Bibliography
  • Appendix 3 — Answers to Quizzes 

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