First Generation Stories

First Generation Stories

Immigration & Assimilation in the 20th Century

Many of us genealogists focus on rediscovering how our ancestors left their homelands decades or centuries ago.

But immigration is not an experience confined to the past.

These stories, written by recent immigrants and their children, help us to infer the emotions and transitions our ancestors went through.

And if you are first generation in your country, there’s no more important story you can record for your family to help them appreciate their identity and opportunities.

Contributions

Goodbye Moscow, hello San Diego

Goodbye Moscow, hello San Diego

How I left a country that no longer exists and learned to love sunny weather

1980 – 1992
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Motives for mercy — the consuls of Toulouse

Motives for mercy — the consuls of Toulouse

In July 1940, consular officials from three nations conspired to open an escape route for Jews out of occupied France. Why did they do it?

May 1940 – July 1940
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My Grandmother
 Lillian Glenn-Wilson

My Grandmother Lillian Glenn-Wilson

My memories of Grandmother

5 Nov 1900 – 24 May 1975
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A, E, I, O, U, and a P.C. story

A, E, I, O, U, and a P.C. story

A few anecdotes about growing up in New York City as a child of Polish Jewish immigrants.

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