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I don’t normally post in the “Follow Friday” theme, but if you haven’t heard or read about it yet, you need to check this one out. It’s the Legal Genealogist blog, by Judy Russell. I’m not the first one to tout its wonderfulness, but I think it bears repeating.

Judy offers concise, wonderfully written, and wonderfully informative posts about the ways in which the law and genealogy interact. In simple language and casual style, Judy tackles questions that help us understand how laws in effect at a given time and place affected documents’ creation and recording, and also how it affects our modern interpretation of them. How old did someone have to be to sign a document? What was the real purpose of a marriage bond? What was an Esquire? Go to her blog and find these answers and more.

Have a question about a law? Judy is willing to help. Simply submit the question via her Ask TLG page and wait for the magic to happen.

I recently wrote a response to a thread on the APG Members mailing list asking advice in creating a blog. In my response, I made four suggestions, based on my own experience reading and writing blogs (paraphrased here):

1. Be committed to writing, and writing regularly

2. It’s all about the content

3. Don’t use it solely to sell yourself and your services

4. Be interactive and participate in the blogging community

If this were the grading rubric, Judy and the Legal Genealogist blog get an A+.

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