During genealogical research, it is common to come across terms which you may not understand—either because they are legal terms or because the context doesn’t fit your understanding of the word(s). This can create difficulties in interpreting a document and fully understanding its implications for your ancestor and their family.
Robert Baird (Bob’s Genealogy Filing Cabinet) has a list of colonial legal terminology and other articles that are incredibly useful in explaining terms and practices with which you may not be familiar.
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Kris Hocker, “Understanding Colonial Legal Definitions,” /genealogy the genealogy & family research site of Kris Hocker, modified 22 Jan 2014 (http://www.krishocker.com/understanding-colonial-legal-definitions/ : accessed 5 Jul 2015).
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