Don’t Kick Us Out of the SAR! (Sons of the American Revolution)

Yesterday I attended a presentation given by the local DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution.) No – not for my family – the furthest back this 100% Ashkenazi Jew goes in America is 1859 when Aaron Samuel arrived in Hoboken, NJ from England, with his wife and 9 children. I was there with a friend of […]

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Carrying On a Family Tradition – Peach and Plum Cake

Almost every year from 1963 through 2011, my mother made our fall favorite: Peach and Plum cakes. There were two versions – one rectangular, with a thin crust. The other, made in a springform pan with a thicker crust. I’m a thicker crust kind of girl. The images to the left and right are from […]

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TBT (Throwback Thursday) – Family History Month

This is one of my favorite pictures. I am proudly standing on the lawn of what was then called Southern Connecticut State College. No idea who took the photo, probably my best friend, Doreen. It was some point in 1973 during my freshman year. I was 18. It’s tough to tell, but those are indeed platform […]

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Tombstone Tuesday – Family History Month

The closest thing to a family plot I have found is in Sharon Gardens, the Jewish section of the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York. Buried together there are both my paternal grandparents, my aunt, and my great-aunt and uncle. My paternal grandfather My paternal grandmother Constance was my grandmother’s sister. Her husband was Emanuel […]

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Memento Monday

Family history is not just a collection of vital records – the who, what and when. For me, it’s more about the why and the how. Those items we have so lovingly saved help round out the stories of our ancestors. There’s something about holding your great-grandmother’s slippers that cements that family connection. My mom was […]

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It’s Family History Month!!

October is a pretty good month. It starts out with my baby brother’s birthday on the 1st, our adorable granddaughter’s birthday smack-dab in the middle (shared with my best friend from high school – we’ve been friends for more than 47 years!!), and ends with one of my favorite holidays. There’s also the birthdays of […]

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