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Monthly Archive for February, 2013

It’s Follow-up Friday – time to share with my blog community how others have reacted to my posts since the Family History Writing Challenge began. Melissa responded to my February 5 post about my great-aunt Clara, the midwife. Melissa has found the names of midwives on birth certificates she has found researching her husband’s family […]

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It’s Thriller Thursday. When I picture the City of Chicago in the 1920s, I think of rum running in the face of prohibition, and gangland slayings under the direction of people like Al Capone. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined finding a family link to the criminal activities of the time. But […]

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In 1905, when my grandma Sophie was 10 years old, her mother (who had been divorced 5 years earlier) remarried Shlomo Zalman Cheifetz. Sophie was the only child still at home, and the family moved to the town of Volkovysk, about 17 miles away from Slonim, her birthplace. Volkovysk at the turn of 19th to […]

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Blogs posted for Talented Tuesday are supposed to highlight people with talents of all sorts. The most talented person in our extended family (my second cousin) was the late actor, musician, and comic, Avery Schreiber. Many people will remember Avery as one half of the comedy team Burns & Schreiber, who made their names at […]

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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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I have been researching the history of my Kishinevsky family for more than 20 years. I found the passenger list for the arrival of my grandfather, Jacob Kishinevsky, with his mother and 4 sisters early on. And I did it the old fashioned way – with Soundex, and microfilm at the Family History Library in […]

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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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Blintzes. If you’ve never eaten this Jewish delicacy, you have not truly known gastronomical nirvana. It consists of a cheese mixture wrapped in something like a crepe, and is usually served with jam or applesauce. I remember my Grandma Sophie made these treats for me after she retired and moved from Chicago to New York, […]

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This photo is of a small table cloth. My grandma Sophie (now long gone) gave it to me when I interviewed her about the time of her 90th birthday. I asked her if she had anything tangible of her mother. She said, in an offhand manner, “Oh, I have only this white tablecloth of my […]

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