From the Blogs, October 20
Following is a summary of recent posts from genealogy blogs that I have found interesting and informative and wanted to share them with you.
Randy Seaver discusses many aspects of genealogy on Genea-Musings. He often discusses his own family research as examples. Even with digitized images becoming more readily accessible, we often have to use images of the original handwritten indexes to located images of original records. This week Randy discusses one of the many manual indexes used for probate records in Finding Daniel Spangler’s Probate Records on FamilySearch — The Russell System.
Isabella Baltar chronicles her ancestral search in My Portuguese Ancestors. Based in North Carolina, she writes in both Portuguese and in English. She recently posted a number of useful links to resources and research for fellow researchers in Researching in Azores and Portugual — Useful Links.
Leiland Meitzler writes about an important court decision in Pennsylvania this week. In a significant case, the state’s Supreme Court decided that coroners are required to release cause of death immediately. In some instances, coroners were interpreting the law to mean that they only had to release the cause of death at the end of the year. Read the full story in Pennsylvania Supreme Court Eases Access to Death Records.
Finally this week, we have a couple of important stories from one of my favorite bloggers, Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist. On October 17 she wrote a post about the “language of the law. Part Latin, Part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing.” In Nolle Prosquie: Get Out of Jail Free She discusses a court record she recently found in Salt Lake City with the notation “Indictment for Gaming Nolle Prosequi.” This basically means that the prosecution decided not to proceed with the case.
This gave rise to another post the following day. One of her readers wrote in with a question after reading the Nolle Prosequi post. Judy had used an image of the Get Out of Jail Free Chance card from Monopoly. The reader asked if the image was under copyright and how Judy could use it. She provides a good answer in A Calculated Risk.