Surprises! Who is The Little Girl in the Photo – and Whose Bed Am I Sleeping In?

The prompt for the #52Ancestors challenge this week was “Surprise.” I planned on writing about why Scott and I were at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC last week, but as usual, another opportunity presented itself which is an even better match for the topic this week. A Seeley Surprise If you have been […]

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At the library – Literally!

                                                          The blog prompt for this week’s 52 Ancestors challenge is “At the library.” I planned on writing about my connection to all things “library-ish,” but I […]

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If Only I Could Ask Her… But Which Grandmother to Ask??

Who Owned the China? When my father passed away in the summer of 2008, he left a list directing who should receive what. I use the word “list” instead of “will” because I truly don’t know for sure he had an actual will. There weren’t a lot of family heirlooms other than photographs to mark […]

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Unusual Name: “Hochwohlgeboren Frau Spiegel”

I often felt my mother, Doris Lichtenthal Falcone, was prone to exaggeration. She told me her paternal grandfather, Sigmund Lichtenthal, listed Expert on his business card. He did – I found the card. She told me there was a buzzing noise in her walls. There was – the bees actually drilled through the drywall! So, […]

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Oy! This IS Going To Be A Challenge!!!

This week’s blog prompt for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Challenge.” My theme this year is “Our Stuff.” As I explained last week, I have a lot of stuff. This week I’m giving you a little peek into the “abyss.”  In the pictures below you see my genealogy/bedroom space. It actually looks […]

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"First" Day of School Never Happened

   Should I or shouldn’t I? I’m trying to decide if I want to commit to another year of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog challenge. This past year was a great success for me. I responded to 49 of the 52 prompts plus wrote additional posts as the spirit moved me.   […]

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52 Ancestors – Week # 52 – Resolutions (Or Not…)

Every year I say “My resolution is to not make any resolutions.” But then I can’t help myself.  I did a pretty good job this past year on the blog.  Counting this post I will have posted 49 out of 52 weeks. I also kept pretty close to my aim of writing about my generation […]

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52 Ancestors #51 – 2018 – A “Nice” Year- Genealogically and Otherwise

As I write this, many people, including one of my closest friends, are praying that 2018 hurries up and disappears. They need and deserve, 2019 to be better. I’m taking this opportunity to express my thanks that 2018 was really pretty nice to me. Sure, there were some trials in our family. For example, our […]

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52 Ancestors – #50 – "Naughty" Ancestors Are the Most Fun!!

The blog prompt for Week # 26 of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks was “Black Sheep.” I wrote about Scott’s great-grandmother, Catherine Seeley Fitzallen that week. She was most decidedly a “black ewe”, quite naughty and quite the character! As part of that post, I included the first chapter of the book I […]

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52 Ancestors – Week #49 – Winter!!!!!

Last week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog prompt was “Winter.” Enjoy this TBT (Throwback Thursday) collection of some “winter gems.” Above is the backyard of my childhood home. Probably mid-1960s. You can’t even see the houses anymore due to tree growth! The photo below is one of my favorites! Little sister, Betsy is definitely enjoying […]

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