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About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.

Untrustworthy Now and Then

When my grandparents decided to leave their New Jersey home and move their family to the Soviet Union, it was a risky decision. Would there really be plenty of job opportunities awaiting them, and how would they be received after … Continue reading

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Would Would Dad Think?

My dad never discussed politics with us, at least that is what my now senior mind recalls. We did not sit around the dinner table and have animated discussions about the upcoming elections and he did not voice many opinions … Continue reading

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Skip the Boring if You Want

I was recently lent a book to read by a friend who thought I would enjoy it because it was set in Moscow. It was 466 pages, so it was going to be quite the commitment to read, but I … Continue reading

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Family History- It Starts with the Wee Ones

Anyone who has read my book or enough of my blog know that my biggest regret is not sitting down with my father and my maternal grandmother to listen to the stories of their childhood memories. If I had spoken … Continue reading

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All the News That’s Fit to Find

This week I decided to change my subscription to newspapers.com so that I could increase my access to now just under 5000 newspapers spanning a time period from the 1700s until today. Since then, I have been having a grand … Continue reading

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Russian, Arabic, or Spanish?

Last week I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post regarding my belief that Americans may want to consider learning to speak the Russian language—at least a few basic words and phrases. This thought was based upon the news of Russia spies infiltrating … Continue reading

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Is Blogging in Your Future?

For anyone reading this who is not interested in designing their own website for a blog or a business, today’s post is not for you. In fact, many will find this extremely boring, but I was asked by a follower … Continue reading

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