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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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What’s up in 2019?

It’s a new year! I don’t do resolutions, but I have made some private and public commitments. Education I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll be attending any genealogical institutes this year, but I have committed to a two-day DAR Advanced Genealogy Workshop taught by Debbie Duay, Ph.D. in the...

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2018 Roundup

For a variety of reasons, 2018 was not a typical year for me! Education I did not travel as much as I usually do, so I didn’t attend any national conferences or educational institutes. I did, however, take advantage of online opportunities to learn from webinars and conference livestreams...

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