"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 – #38 Yes- We Definitely Have Some Unusual Items!!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you have realized I have a lot of stuff. What may seem like useless ephemera to some is most certainly a genealogical treasure to me. You may recall my post on the ashes I found in my mother’s attic. That find allowed me to make a […]

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52 Ancestors – #28 – Planning a Heritage Travel Trip

Still trying to catch up from our European river cruise! The topic for Week 28 of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog challenge was TRAVEL! How perfect is that? Of course, I couldn’t blog about our trip in real time due to poor internet connectivity. I did post every day to my […]

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#52 Ancestors – #27 – Independence

Did you miss me? Or at least my weekly posts? I returned last week from our fabulous Grand Circle “Great Rivers of Europe” trip cruising from Amsterdam to Vienna, Austria. If you follow me on Facebook, you were able to keep up with our daily activities. If not, and you’re interested, I’m on Facebook as […]

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52 Ancestors – #22 – A Heritage Trip – Amsterdam to Austria

This week’s topic for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is “So Far Away!” It couldn’t have come at a better time! In just a few weeks, Scott and I will be joining my sister Jeanne and her partner, Suzi on a very special trip, a river cruise beginning in Amsterdam and ending in […]

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The lives of my mother and her family were changed forever one day in March 1938. On that day, the Nazis appropriated my great-grandfather’s business. As he (Sigmund Lichtenthal) explained in a letter written years later,  “The firm, Lital, came to a natural end when Austria was occupied by […]

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – My Mother’s Purse

My mother, Doris Lichtenthal, passed away on December 2, 2011. Her purse has been sitting, untouched on the floor of my closet since then. I just can’t make myself get rid of it. As her executrix, I did go through it after her passing, but it seemed like some sort of violation. Like a sacred […]

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Memento Monday – My Great-Grandfather’s Juice Goblet

I really don’t know much about this object. There are actually two of these goblets. Unfortunately, the glass insert for the other one broke. (So why am I keeping it??) Although the goblet appears to be made of silver, it is actually silver-plated, maybe over brass, as it is very heavy. Thanks to my husband, […]

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Throwback Thursday – October 19, 1903

Today would have been my maternal grandmother’s 114th birthday. Rose Spiegel Lichtenthal was born on October 19, 1903 in Java (Indonesia) to Herman Spiegel and Sophie Weiss. Here are a few pictures her descendants (other than me!) have never seen. Rose (right) and her mother, Sophie – The Haag – 1921 Rose (left), sister Claire […]

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Then and Now – Virtual Field Trips!

Today’s post is inspired by Marian Burk Wood. Yesterday on her blog, Climbing My Family Tree, Marian suggested taking “virtual field trips. ” Using Google Maps, this is pretty easy. Of course, you do need to have an idea of where your ancestor lived. Below are then (1938-ish) and now shots of the apartment house my […]

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