Author Archives: Lois Mackin

Thoughts from a Retiring DAR Registrar

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by
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Last Saturday, April 22, I concluded my second-and-a-half term as Registrar of the Lake Minnetonka chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I thoroughly enjoyed my five years in office, and am happy to hand over my responsibilities to my successor, Shirleen Hoffman, who is also a professional genealogist and a colleague in the [Read the full story …]

Farewell to 2016, Welcome to 2017

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by
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In so many ways, 2016 was an interesting and productive year, and 2017 looks even more promising. One of my favorite things is teaching, and I had the opportunity to do lots of that! Some of my highlights were beginning to give talks on DNA, presenting a webinar on probate records, and speaking at several [Read the full story …]

Children of James Mackin

Posted on: January 22nd, 2017 by
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In a previous blog post, I described the hypothesis I’ve been working on: three men named Mackin–Christopher, John, and James–who lived in the Madison, Wisconsin, area in the 1860s were related to each other, perhaps brothers. I have researched all three men and their descendants, and initiated a DNA testing project in order to determine [Read the full story …]