Monthly Archives: August 2013

First look at the diary

Because the diary I found among Dad’s belongings is over 80 years old and had traveled a great distance, it is extremely fragile but quite legible. The first page includes the name of its owner, my aunt- Anna Wardamasky; her … Continue reading

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Where Was the Money?

They were moving from New Jersey to Leningrad during the Great Depression. How did they get the money? My immigrant grandparents made the difficult decision to return to their homeland  two years after the stock market crash of 1929 presumably because … Continue reading

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The Trip: First Stop London-December 1931

In keeping with my idea of the necessity of incorporating history into the understanding of our ancestor’s story, I decided to research what London was like in December 1931.  This was the first stop on Dad’s journey. I had visited … Continue reading

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The Marriage between History and Genealogy

When I first began my adventures in genealogy, I signed up for an ancestry subscription and excitedly began filling up my tree with lots of leaves of all the relatives I knew, heard of over the years but never knew … Continue reading

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Beginning the Search

I didn’t know where to begin, so I started with what I knew: The names of my grandparents, father and his siblings; where they lived in New Jersey; and the approximate time they moved to the Soviet Union. I knew … Continue reading

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Learning the Truth About Dad

I thought I knew Dad.  After all, he had been my father for fifty-three years.  When I think of Dad, I recall a man who loved his family and his job. As much as I thought I knew him, it … Continue reading

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