Abeles, Damron, Daniel, Kentucky, Mary Davis Skeen, Olean, New York, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Plain City, Utah, Ruth Contreras, William Dolby Skeen

. . . and I’m back.

Over the summer, Stories From the Past was never far from my mind. In fact, I felt a lot of anxiety over no posts, but between two grandkids and a broken PC (I have six grandkids but two were staying with me), my ability to blog was reduced to bits and snatches of time with… Continue reading . . . and I’m back.

Cousin Connection Project, genealogy, Untold Stories

Light Housekeeping Before Major Renovation

January is the season for it. I made some cosmetic changes to StoriesFromThePast last year. I changed my background, and experimented with new designs, but as readership increased and I began making new connections, the potential of this project became clear. I was connected with readers in unexpected ways, and by the end of the… Continue reading Light Housekeeping Before Major Renovation

Chicago, Ill, cousins, Daniel, Honolulu, HI, Kubiak, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York, Yee

Family Xenophobia

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

Daniel, Davies/Davis, Jordan, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York, painted hills, Pennsylvania, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Potter County Pennsylvania, Skeen, Wikoff, Wyckoff combine with Wyckoff

Life Gets in the Way

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

Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Honolulu, HI, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York

Cousin Connection #6: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year!)

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!)

Abeles, Daniel, genealogy, Josephine Daniel Rothsprack, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Ruth Contreras

A Great Miracle Happened Here

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

Abeles, Daniel, Davies/Davis, genealogy tips, Kwiatkowski, Northern Kentucky, Polhemus, Skeen, Wykoff

Updates and Ready for the New Year

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

Abeles, Daniel, Franziska Daniel, Josephine Daniel Rothsprack, Rudolf Abeles

Unknown Family Members Identified

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

Chicago, Ill, Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Mexico

Cousin Connection #5: Family Lost and Found

In honor of Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which officially begins at midnight, November's Cousin Connection comes one day early. Coinciding with the the Catholic All Saints Day, and incorporating garish costumes resembling skeletons, Dia de los Muertos is not Mexican Halloween, but a much more elaborate version of Memorial Day in… Continue reading Cousin Connection #5: Family Lost and Found

cemeteries, Emily Dickinson, ghost stories, graveyard, Mark Twain, Olean, New York, Robert Lax, St. Bonaventure Cemetery

3 Graves, 2 Poems, 1 Ghost Story

Along with his other cemetery photographs, Bernie sent me three tombstones of literary figures. How did he know I majored in English? Perhaps Bernie is more of a kindred spirit than I thought. The first is a photo of Emily Dickinson's grave. I have few favorites when it comes to poetry, and Dickinson is easily… Continue reading 3 Graves, 2 Poems, 1 Ghost Story