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IGHR (Samford) — Day 1

It’s a tru­ism of geneal­ogy that the laws deter­mine what records might be avail­able. One also hears an echo of Hal Holbrook in All the President’s Men: “Follow the money!” And, as Carl von Clausewitz said, war is the con­tin­u­a­tion of pol­i­tics by other means.

Put these together, and you see that aside from vital records, most records are gen­er­ated by laws, money, and mil­i­taries. In my week at Samford, I am study­ing the effect of land and wars on the records of Virginia. (Last year, we cov­ered the impact of law more generally.)

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