Nels Sommer & Ane Marie Jonasen met and married in Denmark and had their first two children there before emigrating to Rockford, Illinois.
Not many people can say they got started at 12, but I did! Here's the full story.
A surprising artifact discovered after a parent's death leads to a series of discoveries and an ongoing interest in genealogy.
A first experiment searching historic newspaper archives is successful, but yields a ghastly surprise.
A repository for information about the life of my late great grandfather Hyman Victor, a Jewish immigrant who came to America in 1913.
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.
Not quite 14 years old, I met my ancestors by accident and life has never been the same.
How in finding the man, I discovered my Galician roots.
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.
"Born 1808, Philadelphia," read his tombstone in a Mississippi Jewish cemetery. Could I prove my hunch about what that meant?