Virtual institutes 2020

The summer of 2020 has turned out to be different from what we envisioned, hasn’t it? When 2020 started, I was scheduled to present a pre-conference DNA workshop and a DNA talk at the Celtic Connections Conference (CCC) in Chicago at the end of July, then fly to England,...

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Eight Greats on the 4th of July–Part 2

Since I include my husband’s family in the scope of my genealogy, I thought I’d write a second post about their whereabouts during the Revolutionary War in honor of the 4th of July. His great-grandparents were John Mackin (1856-1938), Dane County, Wisconsin, and Mitchell County, Iowa. John was the...

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Eight Greats on the 4th of July–Part 1

In honor of the Independence Day, I thought I’d create an inventory of what the families of my eight great-grandparents were doing on the 4th of July 1776. (Since the scope of my genealogy efforts includes my husband’s ancestry too, I’ll write about my husband’s eight greats in a...

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Thoughts Inspired by Coronavirus

Today, at the end of March 2020, my home space of Minnesota is under a “stay at home” order. As the case and fatality counts mount, my thoughts have been turning to the impact that past epidemics had on my ancestors. In 1911 scarlet fever killed my great-grandfather William...

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Jessie (Sturtevant) Galt–a Leap-Year Death

2020 is a leap year. So was 1932, the year that my husband’s great-grandmother Jessie (Sturtevant) Galt died in Otranto, Mitchell County, Iowa.1 Jessie was born in Rock County, Wisconsin, on 25 September 1868.2 The adopted daughter of Joel Sturtevant and his wife Sarah (Chapman) Sturtevant of Cooksville, she...

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