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This post didn’t come into existence yesterday, because I spent the time I should have been creating the post dancing at Thomas MacEntee’s birthday party last night. It was definitely the right choice to make – we all had a blast celebrating! Yesterday I attended sessions all day, along with 6700 other folk. I know […]

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Rootstech 2013 – which is where I am from now through Sunday —  occupies a goodly portion of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, and its 6700 attendees take over a goodly portion of the city’s hotel rooms. The massiveness was more than a bit overwhelming, so after a quick tour of the Expo […]

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Today is Thankful Thursday, and the end of the Family History Writing Challenge. Here is what I am thankful for, now that the Challenge is complete. I am thankful that I was able to create 25 of the planned 28 posts during February, more than all the posts I have created in the 6 years […]

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On this Tech Tuesday, I am creating my schedule for attending RootsTech, the conference that targets people who are at the intersection of genealogy and technology. This means software programmers who write programs and apps for genealogists to use, and genealogists who want to learn more about how technology can help us both with genealogy […]

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Today , February 11, marks the birthday of my great-grandmother, Eugenia Peckler (known in Yiddish as Gittel). I have only vague memories of her, as we didn’t visit Chicago that often, but I do remember her thick accent, and that she had a crystal candy dish on her coffee table. I was told that Eugenia […]

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In honor of surname Saturday (Yes, I know its Sunday, but a Jo Dee Messina concert got in the way of posting on time]), I am writing about a family story that I have never been able to confirm. My great-aunt Esther Peckler (dead these 20 years of more) told me that the Peckler  family […]

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I have decided to participate in the Family History Writing Challenge. Lynn Palermo (The Armchair Genealogist), who sponsors this event and encourages genealogists who participate, requests a major commitment – writing about family history every day for 30 days. I started the Kitchen Sink Genealogy blog — as a way of writing my family history […]

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I have finally recovered from the Genealogy Jamboree held June 7-10, 2012 in Burbank, California. I have attended for years (since the event was much smaller, and held in Pasadena), and keep coming back. Wanna know why? Here is what I learned: Cath Madden Trindle’s lecture, “FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records from the Great Depression,” pinpointed […]

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Before emigrating to Chicago, my great-grandfather, Naftula Pekler, lived in Zhitomir, a large town that is now in Ukraine. But he earned his living on the road – he was a traveling salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Company in the early 20th century. Yes, Singer established a branch of the company in the Russian […]

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The Pekler Daughters

This photo has always fascinated me, perhaps because of the odd angle at which it was framed. This is a formal shot of four Pekler sisters – Esther, Raya, Bertha, and Tanya. All four are wearing corsages with two flowers, either pinned or held in place on a chain. The fashion plate on the far […]

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