In the Paper- The Value of Using Newspapers in Your Research

The activity for Day 18 of the Family History Connection experiment is to write about traditons. I could do that. We do have some traditions – Christmas Eve, peach and plum cake baking in the fall, and… um… uh… Honestly, I’m kind of at a loss on this subject. Shameful! Not only can I not […]

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Day 17 – Family Trees, Flags, and Crests

In my last post I shared family trees created by the youngest members of our family. Today I will share two more. My niece Meghan sent her twins’ tree drawings along with a school project they did this past week. Their project reminded me a fun activity I used years ago. More about that in […]

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Day 16 – Draw Your Family Tree

The activity for Day 16 of the 21 Day Family Connection Experiment is to draw a family tree. That is quite the daunting task for me. Two parents, multiple step-parents, full siblings, half-siblings, step- siblings, adoptions,. That’s why I characterize our family tree as a “bramblebush.” My father thought that was funny. Good thing. It’s […]

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Day 15 – The Food of Our Family – Part 5: Cookbooks

This is may be the last post in my recent series – “The Food of Our Family.” You never know though, I may have more to share on the subject!! My mother had an amazing collection of cookbooks. I think she even used many of them! I also amassed a decent size collection, but as […]

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Day 14 – The Food of Our Family – Part Four: Recipe Boxes

This is another in my series of posts about food and my family. Many, many years ago I purchased a lovely wooden recipe box, hand-painted by Debbi Wetzel, of “Woodzels by Wetzel.” It was the height of the country decorating craze and I purchased as many of her items as possible in this design. There […]

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Day 13 – The Food of Our Family – Part Three: Kitchen Memories

Today’s activity for the 21 Day Family History Connection Experiment is to explore the US Census. In 2032, the first census listing my family home will be available – the one for 1960. (Census information is not released publicly until 72 years following the census year.) Hope I’ll be around to view it. I almost […]

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Day 12 – The Food of Our Family – Part Two: The Recipe Book

In my last post, I shared many of our family’s Austrian treats. My mother’s talent for cooking and baking passed me over but thankfully my siblings (and our kids) inherited her genes and are darn good in the kitchen. In most families, the kitchen is THE place to be. The central gathering place. The place […]

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Day 11 – The Food of Our Family – Part One

Today’s activity for the 21 Day Family History Connection Experiment states, “Experience what your ancestors’ country was like with food! Find a recipe from your ancestor’s home country and make it.” Oh we are right on top that one!! Like most families, good times often involve food. Many families have long-standing traditions of specific foods served […]

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Day 10 – Wise Words from Our Mom

My sister Jeanne had a great idea – for all five of us to share “words of wisdom” that our mother imparted to us throughout the years. I responded to her text immediately. A perfect blog post for Mother’s Day, right? The only caveat was that she thought we should share in public only those […]

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Day 9 – Mapping Your Ancestors

Today’s Family History Connection Experiment activity has us sharing locations of our ancestors. It makes sense to combine that with my current project – the life of my maternal great-grandfather, Sigmund Lichtenthal. Sigmund was one of six children born to Rachmiel Lichtenthal and Antonia “Taube” Beller. Born in 1875 in Tarnopol, Poland, Sigmund traveled to […]

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