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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Day 8 – Am I Related to Jesus?

Day 8 of the Family History Connections Experiment encourages us to search our family trees for “famous people.” FamilySearch.org actually has an app one can use to do that – The Relative Finder. But, like the Compare-a-Face site, you need to have a pretty good tree on the FamilySearch website. But, I knew there was […]

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Day 7 – Strong Genes!!

The activity for today’s Family History Connection Experiment is to use the FamilySearch.org website to find photos that look similar to me or other members of my family tree. That would be a fun project if: I had a completed tree on the website I had photos attached to the people that I do have […]

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Day 6 – You Can’t Judge a Book (or a person) by the Cover (or the picture!)

Today’s Family History Connection Experiment activity challenges us to look at past photos and share the stories with family. For me, just choosing which pictures to share is the challenge!! I am blessed to come from a family of prolific picture-takers. (Not so sure I’d use the term “photographer” – that implies a certain level […]

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Day 5 – Recreate a Favorite Photo

The activity for today’s Family History Connection Experiment challenges us to recreate a family photo. I wish we had thought to make an adult version of my favorite sibling photo while we still owned our childhood home!! (Note to sibs – we can still do it. Once we are out of “Covid-Jail,” let’s remember to […]

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Day 4 – Current Family Picture

The activity for today’s Family History Connections Experiment is to post a current family picture. This is the most recent family picture I have for my U.S.-based side of the family. It was taken September 8, 2018 at my brother Dean’s wedding. Sadly, my sister Laura is missing. When you have a family this big, […]

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Day 3 – Family History Jeopardy

As part of the 21 Day Family History Connection Experiment I created this fun Family Jeopardy Game. I was thinking it would be fun to play during a Zoom call but maybe it would be a little too chaotic!! Whether or not you’re part of my extended family bramblebush (no way is it organized enough […]

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Day 2 – What Happened in the Year of Your Birth?

This the second in my series of posts for the 21 Day Family History Connections Experiment. It’s pretty easy to find information about what the world was like in the year you were born. Besides the obvious choice of Wikipedia.org, there are many sites dedicated to helping you flashback in history. A fun place to […]

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New Month – New Challenge! The 21 Day Family History Connections Experiment

When it became obvious that we weren’t returning to school any time soon and that I’d be spending entire days (and nights) in our home, one of my first thoughts was, “Great! I’ll have so much uninterrupted time to work on my genealogy projects!” Um. Nope. The last two weeks of March 2020 were consumed […]

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