Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day as a national holiday in the United States, and on this day I felt it important to tell the stories of "othering" in our own personal family trees. Before I get started, let me make a disclaimer. In no… Continue reading Family Xenophobia
The hardest part of telling the stories of dead people is that it requires a living person to do it. But sometimes life gets in the way, and that is what is going on with me right now. In fact, I had a plan way back in November, and I was well on the way to… Continue reading Life Gets in the Way
Aloha, Olean Kwiatkowskis! This marks the last of the Kwiatkowski Cousin Connections for a while. Time to focus on other branches of the family tree, especially Rothsprack; I'm completely stumped on that one. But first, let me introduce you to my Hawaiian cousins. I've got plenty of them, thanks to a cousin named Leo (or Leon,… Continue reading Cousin Connection #6: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year!)
Shalom and Hanukkah Sameach! Hanukkah 2017 begins this evening. And because I do identify as Jewish by virtue of my ancestral birthright, we find no problem with fitting it in among our celebrations of the season. Being Jewish has everything to do with my passion for Family History. I grew up knowing that my grandmother… Continue reading A Great Miracle Happened Here
Most of my followers read my blog for just one reason: to find information regarding their own family history. This post is simply to update you on my situation and when you can expect to hear more about the family history interests that brought you to me in the first place. Since my post regarding… Continue reading Updates and Ready for the New Year
Injured Elbow. Hurts real bad. Saw Doctor. Tennis Elbow. (I don't play tennis-- writer's elbow) Needs time to heal.
We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog post for this important announcement: I am pleased to report that I have made a very special connection to family, friends, and neighbors who were lost in the Holocaust. In the past few days a flurry of emails have gone back and forth between my parents, myself, and a… Continue reading Unknown Family Members Identified