customs and traditions, Navajo

When a Navajo Introduces Herself, She Gives her Genealogy

Navajo culture and society are organized matrilineally. Similar to the western patrilineal system of family organization, emphasis is put on the clan of the mother, and mothers are the heads of households and central focus of each clan. 

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brick walls, genealogy tips, organization, patronymics, places, Wales

Keeping Up With the (Benjamin) Joneses

How to organize your files when ancestors share the same given name for several generations.

Kennecott Copper, Lark, Utah

The Story of a House as told in Facebook comments

I had no idea of the flood I'd break loose when I posted this photograph . . .

Abeles, Daniel, Davies/Davis, Kwiatkowski, Newsletter, Rothsprack, Skeen, Untold Stories

November Newsletter

This month at Stories From the Past: PPD, NaBloPoMo, and NPO Eventually monthly newsletters will show up as an email  (if you follow by email), but I'm learning as I go, so I'll make do until I figure it out. This first newsletter is more for my benefit than anyone else (I'm practicing), but I hope… Continue reading November Newsletter

Abeles, Ashkenazim, Holocaust, Pittsburgh, PA, Sephardim

Pittsburgh

This is exactly how I feel, and maybe even what I would say if  Amy (the author) hadn't taken the words right out of my mouth. But perhaps I feel a little less safe here than she does. I was already feeling on edge about my Jewish past before the Pittsburgh shooting. As a Christian… Continue reading Pittsburgh

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, graveyard, Loew, Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

The Tomb of Rabbi Loew

My original plan to retell the story of Judah Loew ben Bezalel's golem for Halloween has changed a bit given recent events in Pittsburgh. I have decided to focus more on the man himself than the story that often has the Rabbi dabbling in occult mysticism. Although Judah Loew is credited as the creator of the… Continue reading The Tomb of Rabbi Loew

Burry Port, Wales, Davies/Davis, Eisteddfod, Llanelly Wales, Mary Davis Skeen, Plain City, Utah, Thomas Davies 1816-1899, Welsh Maritime History

Let’s get this Story Started

Can I ask you for your help? I've been researching and gathering information about the life of Mary Davis Skeen off and on for several years. Thanks to great record-keeping by Davis and Skeen family genealogists and local historians, I have plenty of information to tell a complete story from beginning to end. But Mary… Continue reading Let’s get this Story Started