Remembering “Cousin Bob”

I had hoped to post this on the occasion of Bob’s 101st birthday. I’m a few days late, I don’t think he would mind. When your ancestors “tell” you to look for something, you do it! Such was the case with my first cousin, twice removed, Kurt Mendl. I was on the search in the […]

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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Most people are aware of the events surrounding the Holocaust as well as the horrific situation in which many Jews found themselves during and after. In this post, I’d like to share a few things that are lesser-known, as well as some documents from my family during that period. My grandfather, Paul Lichtenthal was called […]

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Chapter Two – Becoming an Expert – Sigmund Lichtenthal

I recently submitted this chapter to my writing group, (Lynn Palermo’s Family History Masterclass) receiving great feedback including, “Add more emotion.”, “Add more dialog.”, “Too much fact, not enough story.” And finally, the bane of my writing existence: “Kind of choppy – work on your transitions.” I reworked the chapter and would love to hear […]

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Happy Birthday to My Great-Grandfather, the “Expert”

Today, October 20, 2021, is the 146th anniversary of Sigmund Lichtenthals’ birthday. I’ve written about my great-grandfather before; most extensively, in this post from 2013 where I summarized his life. In 2020 I wrote about forming opinions of our ancestors we never knew simply using the photos and documents we collected. I have been diligently […]

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Deported to Dachau

Today, Wednesday January 27 is Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the past, I have written about my grandfather’s concentration camp experience. I also told the story of his father, my great-grandfather Sigmund Lichtenthal, and shared how the events during the Holocaust destroyed his lifelong business. Many people are keenly aware of the outcome of the Holocaust […]

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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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Happy Birthday , Mom!!

Today would have been my mother’s 88th birthday. Doris Lichtenthal Falcone was born on March 5, 1932. She passed away on December 2, 2011, a few months before her 80th birthday. Mom always wanted to come to America. “For the jazz,” she always told me. In honor of her birthday, I would like to share […]

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"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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