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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52 Ancestors – Week #46 – Seven Years, Seven Decades, Seven Random Thoughts

It seems appropriate, on this, the seventh anniversary of my mother’s passing, to share a bit about her. Doris May Lichtenthal was born on March 5, 1932. She left this earth after, in her words, “finishing her job,” on December 2, 2011. Mom was 79. For more than seven decades, she dedicated herself to family […]

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52 Ancestors – #47- Thankful for The Sixth Family

On the occasion of our father’s funeral service, my sister Alexandra wrote, “This is the sixth family: the family joined now by our common loss as well as by our common love.  From Jessica in his first family to Sandra in his fifth family, and including all of us kids in between — we are […]

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52 Ancestors – #42 – Conflict – What Has Happened to the UNITED States?

Once again, I am skipping around the weekly prompts for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog challenge to respond to the Week 42 topic – Conflict. It’s not exactly typical genealogy, but consistent with my goal of documenting my generation’s story. I was searching for a way to connect to this topic when […]

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52 Ancestors – #41 – It’s Hockey for Us!!

“Sports” is the topic for Week 41 of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog challenge. There is only one sport I can write about: HOCKEY. Hockey is the only sport I really know anything about. I can fake my way through baseball – after all, it’s just guys hitting a ball and […]

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52 Ancestors – #44- Halloween in "Paradise Hills"

I am jumping ahead a few weeks so that this post appears on Halloween. Much more timely than staying in order and posting this during the week of Thanksgiving!! (I’m a bit behind on posts for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog challenge!) I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of my […]

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52 Ancestors – #40 – My 5th Grade Year

Ten. A decade. The first whole number with more than one digit. “Ten” is the prompt for Week 40 of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog challenge. It seems like a great opportunity to share a little about my tenth year of life. In 1965, I was 10 years old and in […]

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52 Ancestors – #39 – Grandpa’s Farm

My parents were “city folk.” My mother was born in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria and emigrated to the New York City suburb of New Rochelle in 1938. My father, Alan Samuel, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York before moving to New Rochelle where he met, then married my mother. (She actually […]

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