Daniel Boone was an “Assee”!

She said what?!

Judy G. Russell didn’t stutter.  Daniel Boone, frontiersman extraordinaire, was an “assee”.  Frankly, I didn’t see what the fuss was about — frontiersmen weren’t known for minding their Ps and Qs.  But then she showed us the legal document that read (more or less) plainly:  “assee”.   Supposedly [rolls eyes], this was an abbreviation of “assignee”.  Um, okay.  That clears it up.

Judy at 2015 NGSEarlier today, at the 2015 NGS conference, I attended a session on legal lingo with the incomparable Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist.  I was able to wrap my non-legal (illegal?) mind around maybe half of what she said.  Legal and property research are weaknesses of mine, and I’m sure it will take many more such sessions before I see any improvement.

Judy provided a number of resources that we can use when bumfuzzled by legal balderdash.

  • Jacob, Giles.  A New Law Dictionary: containing the Interpretation and Definition of Words and terms Used in the Law; . . ., Published to this Time.  London, England: p.p., 1729.  Available in digital format through several online outlets.
  • Bouvier, John.  A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Several States of the American Union.  2 volumes.  Philadelphia:  Johnson Law Booksellers, 1839.  Subsequent editions through 2012.  Available in digital format through several online outlets.
  • Black, Henry Campbell.  A Dictionary of Law: Containing Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern.  1st edition.  St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1891.  The 1910 edition is available online, including through an app of The Law Dictionary.  The 1968 edition — the last modern edition recommended because subsequent editions omit the obsolete terms that genealogist need most — is available in print form but not yet digitized.

According to FamilyTreeDNA, we’re cousins.  She, apparently, received the legal genes.

Perhaps I should just hit the road and follow Judy around the country to attend each of her seminars.  That’s not creepy at all, is it?

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