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What's in a Name?

What IS in a name? We all remember learning this famous line in high school English, written by Shakespeare, uttered by Juliet Capulet, after she learns that she has fallen for Romeo, the son of Montague, her family’s sworn enemy. Juliet, most likely, was not into genealogy. If she was, she would then know that a name could mean the difference between “this is my guy” and “this is NOT my guy.” Case in point: in my post, Finding the Fraimans, I noted that my contacts in the Fraiman family informed me that their great grandfather’s name was Mendel Fraiman. The documentation I found on was for Max Fraiman. Max, not Mendel. What I have here is conflicting evidence which needs to

Newspapers Tell The Story

Sometimes all you can find of the woman you're researching is her married name. I had this happen tonight. Caldonia Penrod, my 1st cousin 2 times removed, married Emanuel Craig and had 4 children, 3 of them daughters. The children were all born between 1923 and 1933 making it difficult to find their married names because they wouldn't show up as adults in the 1930 and 1940 censuses. While I didn't have any luck finding an obituary for Caldonia, which would have hopefully listed her daughters' married names, I did find one of them written about extensively in the social columns in Illinois. I found "Mrs Ervin Haydon" listed as the daughter of Mrs. Emanuel Craig in a society blurb detaili

Finding the Fraimans

There is a photograph that is “famous” in my father’s family. We believe it was taken sometime in the late 19th century in the shtetl (Yiddish for a small town in pre-World War II Eastern Europe with a sizable Jewish population) of Smilavichy, which was then located in the Russian Empire, but currently is in the country of Belarus. We no longer have the original photograph; we only have a clipping that was cut out of a date unknown issue of The Jewish Daily Forward (known today as The Forward), the newspaper of the burgeoning Jewish Community of New York City in the beginning of the 20th century. If you can read the caption, it identifies my great grandfather Abraham Zabitz as the rather ha

BOOKS! You can never have too many! Where to read online - download – or buy

In these days when we can put a name in a search engine and get dates, links to documents and (purported) family members, is it worth it to read books? I hope you say YES! Reading histories can give us insight into our ancestor’s lives: where early settlers came from (and why); religions, schools and types of industry in the area; stories about famous (and infamous) folks. This information can lead us to resources for further documentation as well. Lots of books are now online, free to read or download (to computer or e-reader). Others are available for a few dollars, or being re-printed “on demand”. Would you like to find a book that contains genealogy research on a surname or area you ar

FamilySearch Research Wiki! Gotta Love it!

What I learned today! Over and over I re-learn the value of FamilySearch Research Wiki. How do you locate this great site? From the home page of Family Search hover your mouse over the word “SEARCH”. A drop down menu will appear click on Wiki. Let’s say the question is "I’m looking for a death certificate in 1933 in Arkansas". Your keyword to type in the search window is Arkansas. Hit enter on your keyboard. You will see “How to Find Death Records” click on this. You then have your options of time period. Select the time period of interest. It’s a simple as that! I love FamilySearch Research Wiki!

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