Category Archives: Beginnings: Who Were They and Why You Should Care

This explains who my grandparents were and what brought them to the United States. They came for similar reasons as your ancestors: freedom, opportunity, and perhaps a new beginning. They found a job, learned a new language, and raised a family in a new land far away from their families. For those living through the Great Depression, each had different ways of responding. Most found ways of working through it; some could not and chose suicide. My family left. I needed to know who they were, understand their motives, and learn what happened to all of them. Isn’t that what history and genealogy are all about? Learning about our past, and learning from our past.

My Grandma- “Baba”- Growing up in White Russia

This posting is also from the other journal. This one is about my Russian grandma.  It is not fine literature, but rather, the story of her early life exactly as written on February 14, 1975. Mother was born on May … Continue reading

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My Grandfather- Who he was and what brought him to Rockaway,New Jersey

I found another journal, with only one , but quite exciting, entry.  It was a narrative of my grandfather’s early life and journey to America. Reading his story made me realize how difficult it must have been to return to … 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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