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...


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...


Drive-by Genealogy, 2016

In June my husband and I drove from our home outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, to my family’s summer cabin in northeastern Pennsylvania in order to spend a few weeks with my mother before attending the Advanced DNA course at the second session of GRIP–the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. On...