Monthly Archives for September, 2016

The Christopher Mackin Problem, or Three Brothers?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by
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My husband's most distant ancestor in his surname line is Christopher Mackin. Christopher was born in Ireland 10 August 1821[1. St. James Cemetery (Town of Vermont, Dane County, Wisconsin; County Road F, south of Black Earth), Christopher Mackin marker; personally read and photographed by author, 2005.] and first appears in American records in Madison, Wisconsin, where he filed a declaration of intention in 1854.[2. Wisconsin, Continue reading the story "The Christopher Mackin Problem, or Three Brothers?"

Identity and Timelines–New Tools for Download

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by
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I recently published an article called "Identity as a Research Tool" in The Septs, the journal of the Irish Genealogical Society International.[1. Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., "Identity as a Research Tool," The Septs 37 (April 2016): 46-51.] In the article I used the case of two Iowa men with the same name to show how genealogists can build descriptions of the key characteristics Continue reading the story "Identity and Timelines–New Tools for Download"

Labor Day 2016

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by
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The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell CG, CGL, posted today about resources for researching our ancestors who belonged to labor unions. [1. Judy G. Russell, "Put in a Laboring Oar," 5 September 2016, The Legal Genealogist, ( : accessed 5 September 2016).] Both my grandfathers, William Stephen Abromitis and Emerson Clinton Neifert, were union members; Pop-Pop Abromitis belonged to the United Mine Workers (UMW), Continue reading the story "Labor Day 2016"