Case Studies

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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Case Studies Using Mitochondrial DNA–Update

In 2017 I published a blog post highlighting published case studies using mitochondrial DNA. It was updated in January, April, and July 2019, and now it’s time for another update! Journal articles Henningfield, Melinda Daffin. “A Family for Mary (Jones) Hobbs Clark of Carroll County, Arkansas.” National Genealogical Society...

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A Tale of Two DNA Matches

At RootsTech last month both MyHeritage and AncestryDNA announced new DNA tools and features. For MyHeritage, these were AutoClusters and Theory of Family Relativity (TFR); for AncestryDNA they were enhancements to DNA match lists and ThruLines. Like everyone in the genetic genealogy community, I’ve been exploring the new tools...

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Case Studies using Mitochondrial DNA–Update

In 2017 I published a blog post highlighting published case studies using mitochondrial DNA. It was updated in early 2019, and now it’s time for another update! Journal articles Henningfield, Melinda Daffin. “A Family for Mary (Jones) Hobbs Clark of Carroll County, Arkansas.” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 107 (March...

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A Tribute to My Veterans

Each year on November 11, we pause to remember those who served in our military. Here is the roll of the veterans in my affinity. In my generation (Vietnam and post-Vietnam): My husband Jere Gene Mackin, United States Navy My brothers-in-law Patrick Charles Mackin, United States Navy, and Richard...

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