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An “Easter Egg” in Some Pittsburgh Church Records

Sometimes in computer software we find an Easter egg–“an intentional inside joke, a hidden message, or a secret feature of an interactive work (often, a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen).1 Apparently they occur in online genealogical databases too. I have been researching my husband’s Clark family,...

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Working with Insignia

In going through my mother’s things after her death last May, my family and I found insignia related to schools and organizations she and my father were associated with. We found their high school class rings, along with what we thought were fraternity and sorority pins. In my jewel...

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Weddings, Heirlooms, and Stories

Earlier this month I attended my sister’s beautiful beach wedding in Rhode Island, which took place on my daughter’s birthday. In honor of the coincidence of the two dates, my sister gave my daughter, who is engaged, the engagement ring that belonged to my paternal grandmother, Julia Mary (Sakusky)...

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Observing the 4th of July, 2017

The 4th of July–the nation’s birthday, independence, parades, fireworks, picnics and cookouts, family gatherings. For genealogists and family historians, it’s a chance to savor our family’s role in creating our great country, and share it. Maybe our ancestors arrived in one of the original thirteen colonies, or maybe they...

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Tip of the Hat

Have you noticed the new look here at loismackin.com? I decided that after several years of poison green and drop caps, it was time for something different. Having researched the portfolios of several web designers, I reached out to Carla Cegielski, a professional genealogist based in Ohio, who is...

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