Category Archives: Family Line – Agin

A breakthrough on the German branch of my family tree

I have written many posts about my German great-great-grandmother Mary Miller and her daughter Tillie. The fact that I even had German ancestry was one of my first big genealogical discoveries. No one in my family ever mentioned that my … Continue reading

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The family plot

You might think it would be easy to find the final resting places of ancestors from my mother’s side of the family who lived in nearby New Jersey and only died within the last century. Think again. In earlier posts, … Continue reading

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Six immigrant ancestors and the fault lines of World War I

To the day they died, I’m sure my immigrant ancestors remembered where they were when they learned of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, one hundred years ago. That calculated act of terrorism plunged the countries of their … Continue reading

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My connection to the very first settlers of New Amsterdam

I have lived in Manhattan for most of my adult life. But I did not realize until very recently that I descend from the first European colonists to call this island home. My ancestors were part of an advance party … Continue reading

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Closure on my great-grandfather Jacob Sylvester Agin

In earlier posts, I have wrote about the challenge of learning much of anything about my great-grandparents Jacob Sylvester Agin and Mathilde (Tillie) Miller. I know from census data that they married in 1892 or thereabouts – but I have … Continue reading

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Kiss me, I’m (1/64th) Irish!

When I was a kid, I sometimes heard that we had some Irish ancestry on my mother’s side, the Agin family. My grandfather Harry Agin (1900-1970) died when I was nine years old, so I never got the chance to ask … Continue reading

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The immigrants in my family tree: 1624-1913

In a year when immigration is at the center of the national conversation, I thought it would be fun to focus on the stories of the immigrants in my family tree. I grew up knowing three of them – my … Continue reading

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