Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.

ProGen Member Overview

Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D., is a genealogical writer and educator focusing on American and English research. Her writing and teaching focus on genealogical records and methods, including DNA. She is a state officer for the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, a past president of the Northland chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a past officer of her state genealogical society.


Lois has a doctorate in history from Brown University. In addition to being a ProGen alumna, she has completed a dozen institute-level courses in genealogy at IGHR, SLIG, GRIP, ISBGFH, and NEGHS, most recently Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence at SLIG 2021.


Lois' documentary and DNA research has focused on her father's Lithuanian and Polish ancestors and her mother's colonial Pennsylvania German and Cornish ancestors, as well as her husband's Irish, English, Scottish, and German ancestors who settled in Wisconsin and Iowa.

Publications & BLOGs

Lois has published numerous articles for Minnesota Genealogist, the journal of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and The Septs, the journal of the Irish Genealogical Society International. A bibliography of her articles can be found on the Publications tab of her website www.loismackin.com