Here is the latest list of article that he has published on a wide variety of topics. If you are a colonial researchers these are all must reads.
Some General Information of a Legal Nature
- Introduction: Common Law, Equity, & Statutes – a brief summary of the law of our ancestors
- Legal Age – the age at which children could legally perform various actions
- Orphans & Guardians – the responsibilities and selection of guardians
- Women’s Rights – how to tell if a woman was single or married by the legal actions she performed.
- Colonial Legal Terminology – some terms found in old records, many of which differ from their modern meanings.
- A Short History of Deeds – methods of land transfer used in the Colonies.
Wills, Probate, Succession, and Inheritance
- Dower & Curtesy – A wife’s or husband’s interest in a deceased spouse’s land
- Wills, Intestates & Probate
- Succession & Primogeniture – Laws of succession and inheritance
- Entail – An often-ignored practice in the southern colonies
- Adoption & Inheritance – Inheritance by orphans and illegitimate children
- Understanding Headrights – More than you really wanted to know
- An Analysis of Surry County Headrights 1673-1692 – Including lag time between importation and patents [pdf]
- An Analysis of Lower Norfolk County Headrights 1637-1652
Taxes & Tithables
Names & Naming Practices
- Senior & Junior, Esquire & Gentleman, and Name Suffixes in General
- Comments on Naming Patterns of Children – in the 17th and 18th century southern colonies
- The Use of Middle Names – how and when your ancestors acquired middle names