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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IAJGS 2014 – Tuesday- July 29

In this post I continue to share my experience at the 34th Conference on International Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah. TuesdayAt 7:30 a.m., I attended the “Breakfast with the Experts – Discovering the Jewish Resources at the Family History Library” presented by Heidi Sudgen of the Family History Library. Heidi gave a great overview […]

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Paul Lichtenthal – December 10, 1900- my Maternal Grandfather

Normally, I would have a long, wordy post all prepared to go. Truth be told I do have a long, wordy post prepared…..too wordy! I really need to trim it down and determine a focus. Trust me, you’ll appreciate that! So – in honor of my grandfather’s 113th birthday, I am posting this series of […]

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Sigmund Lichtenthal – Expert

 Sigmund Lichtenthal was my maternal great-grandfather. While I don’t remember him at all, I have definitely formed an impression of his personality. My mom used to tell me that Sigmund’s business card identified him as an “expert” – no mention of what he was an “expert in, however.  I figured she was exaggerating. After all, who would have […]

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