Tag Archives: Agin

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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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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Talking family history with Aunt Nancy

A couple months back, I got reacquainted with my Aunt Nancy Agin, who was married for many years to my mother’s younger brother Harry. After their separation, I only saw her a few times. I can’t remember the last time … Continue reading

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Remembering Private Agin

Last Saturday, we held a ceremony to remember Samuel Davis Agin – the Civil War veteran in my family tree – 150 years after he first marched off to war. Davis served two tours of duty with the Union Army. … Continue reading

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Snapshots from the Jersey Shore, back in the day

I’m in the middle of a two week vacation on Fire Island. I have always enjoyed getting away to the beach and, in this way, I’m following in the footsteps of my ancestors. They mostly came from landlocked countries in … Continue reading

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