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Wordless Wednesday: American Gothic - Hagerl Style

These are my great-grandmother’s grandparents, making them my 3rd great-grandparents. They were immigrants from Germany and came over with their young children in 1889. This was probably taken in the late 1920’s maybe 1930 or 31. 21 more words


Wordless Wednesday - Getting Ready, 1942

At Camp Gordon, three buddies from Company I, of the 12th Infantry Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division (IVY) are getting ready for World War II in 1942. 52 more words

Family Names

Mining (a document) for genealogical gold.

I started my family history journey 30 years ago, specifically when I became interested in the Jewish side of my ancestry. I knew very little. My father (Franklin) was an only child, and both he and his mother (Vera Elstein) had died by then. 605 more words

Family History

Travel Tuesday: 1927 Plane to Detroit

Written in Erma (Almy) Witherell’s hand “my first plane ride” 1927. Can you imagine that kind of plane ride???

“Glenn took picture from the plane. James Rd. 156 more words


Amanuensis Monday: August 1-8 1946

Thursday 1 August 1946

Dear Diary,

Went to work and worked harder than usual. Saw some darling slacks, am going to buy them. Went for a ride with Mom + Dad. 467 more words


Wordless Wednesday - Stephen Mirota and Friends, 1928

This photograph was taken in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, when Stephen Mirota was 17 years old. It was taken at his family’s farm. That is Pickle’s Mountain in the distance. 52 more words


Travel Tuesday: Berlin Postcard and Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

Finally got to Berlin. It is a wonderful city but some of the things like the wall and evidence of war damage seem nearly unbelievable. Taking many pictures and enjoying living it up.  101 more words