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...


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...


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...