Category Archives: Germany

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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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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Thinking too much about cemeteries

When I started my family history project, I didn’t think I’d be spending so much time on the topic of cemeteries. But when you keep coming upon roadblocks, as I have in my efforts to trace my New Jersey roots, the … Continue reading

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Zeroing in on Jacob and Tillie Agin

A year into my little family history research project, I have made some progress in piecing together the story of my maternal great-grandparents Jacob and Tillie Agin. But there is still so much I don’t know. I know that Jacob … Continue reading

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My great-great-grandmother married a “woman hater”

When I learned my great-grandfather Jacob Agin had married a German immigrant named Tillie, I wondered how I’d ever find her maiden name or who her parents were. But I soon happened upon census records showing that my grandfather Harry … Continue reading

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Jacob and Tillie Agin

My great-grandfather Jacob Sylvester Agin was born on December 19, 1868 in Hopewell, New Jersey. He was the oldest child of Samuel Davis Agin, a Civil War veteran who had recently returned home to start a family with his new … Continue reading

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Identifying my eight great-grandparents

When I started my little family history project two months ago, I could only name two great-grandparents. Now I can finally identify all eight. The last holdout was a great-grandmother on my father’s side, the mother of my grandfather Alex … Continue reading

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