My Ancestors

It’s not just the records, it’s the stories that captivate me. I am fascinated by immigration (my mother arrived in the US from Germany at age 7). Those who left, moved, or migrated astonish me. I can’t get enough of the history of my female ancestors. These posts include short stories, photos, recipes, explorations of records, and other interesting tidbits found in my family tree. Just click on the title to see the images and read more.

Happy New Year!

Here’s a lovely picture of my parents in 1965 – their first New Year’s Eve as a married couple! Looks like they had fun!

Sports Center Saturday – Ice Hockey

Today is the Winter Solstice, and it’s getting cold here in New Jersey. And with the change in seasons come the change to winter sports! I recently came across some pictures of my father and… More

Favorite Photo Friday – Mary Simko

Mary Simko was my husband’s grandmother. I love this picture of her, taken when she was probably about a year old. Mary was born on 21 November 1914 as “Maria” Simko in Creighton, Allegheny County,… More

Tuesday’s Tip – Collateral Relatives

I have been thinking about William Burd lately. In an assignment for ProGen (peer study group) last month, William Burd was the key that unlocked a family for my second great-grandmother. I knew that my… More


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