Category Archives: Genealogy Research Tips

These particular posts contain some of the methods I used to uncover the story of my family’s life going to and returning from the USSR.

Turning to Google

Today I turned to newspapers.com, where I found two interesting articles. The first is dated July 12, 1945, and is from the Bridgewater, NJ Courier–News. Because I do not have the extended subscription to this service, I am unable to … Continue reading

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Never Assume the Name is Correct!

What was my father’s intended first name? Did he even know? I remember watching him speak of being named Mark but then he said “I changed it to Martin.” He was so nonchalant about it. Why? When? In my mother’s … Continue reading

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Hunting for the Clues

We are all so busy. There’s not enough time in our day as we run from one activity to the next. Even our children are overscheduled with music lessons, baseball practice, dance lessons, and school. No one has time to … Continue reading

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An 82 Year Old Wrong Finally Corrected

I have returned from my journey to London, which was for the ceremony to honor Louis Brennan, my first cousin four times removed. Without exaggerating, this was the best trip I have ever taken. I had been aware of the … Continue reading

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Another Letter to Dad- London Trip

My research into Dad’s life has led to many daydreams of conversations I wish I could have with him . As I learn more, I have more questions to ask him or news to report. Dear Dad, I am going … Continue reading

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An Inventor and a Cosmonaut

My trip to London for the ceremony to posthumously honor my cousin, Louis Brennan, has been planned. I received the invitation last week as well as an email inviting my husband and I to visit the Gillingham Library outside London … Continue reading

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Mystery in a Bible

Although the primary intent of this blog has been to discuss my New Jersey-born father and the decision of his parents to relocate to the Soviet Union during the Great Depression, I have also strayed off-topic in order to add … Continue reading

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