They Watch Over Us – Family Photos

Two family pictures have been hanging in our dining room for years. Rosa Weiss Oppenheim The first one is a portrait of my great-aunt Rosa Weiss Oppenheim. Rosa was born in Austria in 1868 and died at the very young age of 32, leaving two young children to be raised by their father Max. The […]

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Unusual Name: “Hochwohlgeboren Frau Spiegel”

I often felt my mother, Doris Lichtenthal Falcone, was prone to exaggeration. She told me her paternal grandfather, Sigmund Lichtenthal, listed Expert on his business card. He did – I found the card. She told me there was a buzzing noise in her walls. There was – the bees actually drilled through the drywall! So, […]

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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 – #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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Wordless Wednesday – My Great-Grandfather’s shop – Then and Now

The SPIEGEL building – The original store opened around 1895 in Semarang, Indonesia – Before renovation – 2011http://smgpras.blogspot.com/2011/04/winkel-maatschapphij-h-spiegel-remaing.html SPIEGEL building now houses the SPIEGEL Bar and Bistro -after renovation – 2017.https://gapuradigital.withgoogle.com/workshops/semarang YouTube Video: Renovations 2015 YouTube Video: SPIEGEL Bar and Bistro Opening

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52 Ancestors #8 / Genealogy Do-Over Week 2: Interview with Omi

One of the first tasks in the Genealogy Do-Over was to interview family members. Sadly, we have almost no one left in my parents’ generation to interview. My mother, Doris Lichtenthal Falcone passed away on Dec. 2, 2011. Today she would have been 83 years old. I spent some time regretting the fact that I […]

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #3 – Sophie Weiss Spiegel – A Strong Woman

Sophie as a young girl Sophie Weiss was my maternal great-grandmother. Although she was quite wealthy at points in her life, I knew things had not always been easy thanks to stories my mother had shared with me. I also have many unanswered questions about Sophie’s life. Sophie, sister Rosa and brother Josef Vienna, Austria […]

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52 Ancestors – #16 – Memento Monday – Sophie’s Shoes

My great-grandmother, Sophie Weiss Spiegel My great-grandmother’s slippers As I am a bit crunched for time this week, I thought I would post a “quickie” about the importance of mementos in our family history. I am quite lucky to be from a family of quasi-hoarders. Thanks Mom!! Not everyone recognizes the importance of keeping their […]

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52 Ancestors- #8: Josef Spiegel – Another brick wall!

<!–[if supportFields]>xe “SPIEGEL:Josef (b. 1803) ” \f A<![endif]–><!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–><!–[if supportFields]>xe “Poland:Galetia ” \f B<![endif]–><!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–>Josef Spiegel was born on February 2, 1803 in what was then Galacia.<!–[if supportFields]>xe “Jassy-Moldova- Romania ” \f B<![endif]–><!–[if supportFields]><![endif]–> His generation is as far back as I have gotten on my mother’s maternal line.  I need to study history and geography […]

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks–#5 Claire Theresia Spiegel

Here is my 5th post for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a challenge posed by Amy Johnson Crow. I love this undated picture! I don’t know a lot about my Aunt Claire. I remember her as glamorous and funny. Her accent was thicker than her sister’s (my grandmother) and she always appeared so fashionable to me – […]

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