Legal Lingo in the Tarheel State: Using Black’s Law Dictionary

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM

The language of North Carolina law is part Greek, part French, part Latin, even part Saxon – and all confusing. Every family’s records are chock full of legal lingo that can appear utterly baffling even to an experienced genealogist. But understanding the legal lingo in the records is a critical part of understanding the records themselves — and we figure out what we need to know using resources like Black’s Law Dictionary.

(Image source: Presentation handout image, courtesy of Judy Russell.)

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