Not many people can say they got started at 12, but I did! Here's the full story.
A repository for information about the life of my late great grandfather Hyman Victor, a Jewish immigrant who came to America in 1913.
How in finding the man, I discovered my Galician roots.
How the truth behind my grand-mother's life was revealed as gossip at her burial, and only shown to be true 20 years later.
Crossing the threshold after 210 years, two branches of the same family re-unite under a single roof
I consider this my first "genealogy" moment. 1984. I was 9 years old.
Nels Sommer & Ane Marie Jonasen met and married in Denmark and had their first two children there before emigrating to Rockford, Illinois.
A surprising artifact discovered after a parent's death leads to a series of discoveries and an ongoing interest in genealogy.
Not quite 14 years old, I met my ancestors by accident and life has never been the same.
A first experiment searching historic newspaper archives is successful, but yields a ghastly surprise.
"Born 1808, Philadelphia," read his tombstone in a Mississippi Jewish cemetery. Could I prove my hunch about what that meant?
History of a Texan Family 1850 - 1950