Mike is a third generation genealogist with 30 years of experience. His father-in-law, Warren F. Clark (author of Hathorn/Harthorn: The Ancestors and Descendants of William Hathorn of Cushing, Maine), greatly influenced and sparked his interest in genealogy. Warren’s aunt, Mary French (Cheney) Clark, started the family history in 1900. For Mike there were too many mysteries in his family, a Scottish side no one knew and an Irish side no one would talk about. Solving these mysteries and others like them has become Mike’s passion.
Mike is a professional genealogist, writer, and speaker. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Engineering and has spent his career developing collaborative technologies. As a genetic genealogist, Mike advises on the use of DNA as a tool for genealogy. His focus combines science and history to unravel ancestral genetic migrations.
Mike offers genealogy services through his site www.OriginHunters.com and writes about his experiences at OriginHunters.blogspot.com. He is an active speaker, presenting a variety of genealogy topics throughout the New England area.
Mike was born and raised in Massachusetts. He is the son of an Irish-Italian father from the Northeast and Scotch-German mother from the Midwest. Mike lives with his wife, an artist and a writer, his three children, a Great Dane and two cats in Northborough, MA.
Mike Maglio is the author of IDG’s monthly column, Deep Into DNA.
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What is one tip you would give a newbie genealogist?
Dive into your family history headfirst. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions and don’t be surprised by what you find. As genealogists, we become detectives, we find clues and solve mysteries.
What is your favorite blog post from your personal website?
My favorite post is Attila, Native Americans and DNA: A Hunny Story. In this article, I discuss how I identified the descendants of the Huns, their origins and their relationship to Native Americans. It is a great example of using DNA and history to understand our ethnicity and tribal migrations.
What is the most creative way you have shared your ancestor stories?
I thought to myself, what would be better to teach my kids about their family history than to turn it into a game. Kids love playing card games and I love talking about genealogy. I created a game called BlackSheep. The game consists of a deck of cards that represents six generations of direct line ancestors and their siblings. Each card has a photo (if I had one), the family surname in large letters, birth and death info and a mini family tree.
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Michael Maglio is a professional genealogist, writer, and speaker. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Engineering and has spent his career developing collaborative technologies. As a genetic genealogist, Mike advises on the use of DNA as a tool for genealogy. His focus combines science and history to unravel ancestral genetic migrations. Find more to read at http://originhunters.blogspot.com
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