Tag Archives: Jewish Vienna

A Meaty Heritage

A Meaty Heritage

It’s day 16 of the Family History Writing Challenge and I’m feeling grateful that I’m not a vegetarian. It’s bad enough to have to face the dire fates of various family members while exploring the past; I’m not sure I could cope with feeling guilty about the fact that they were butchers. My ambivalence –nay,Continue Reading

Emigration Questionnaire Raises More Questions

Emigration Questionnaire Raises More Questions

This is Day 10 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018. The search for Adolph and Bertha Schweitzer continues with the introduction of a document that raises more questions than it answers.  One thing you’ve got to say for the Nazis. They kept good records. In August 1938, the Central Agency for Jewish Emigration inContinue Reading

Why a Historically Oriented Genealogist Took a DNA Test

Why a Historically Oriented Genealogist Took a DNA Test

Those who pursue genealogy do so for a variety of reasons. To find a particular relative. To determine whether they’re descended from royalty. To occupy time that might otherwise be devoted to earning a living.   Me, I was interested in learning about my mother’s family, the sixteen men and women in the picture topping thisContinue Reading

Return to Vienna

Return to Vienna

There’s so much to report about my recent trip to Vienna, hosted by the Jewish Welcome Service, and so little time to do it right now as I prepare to leave for a book tour. But I won’t bury the lede. I’m thinking very seriously of returning to Vienna next year for a much longer timeContinue Reading

10 Things I Want to Know About My Family & Sigmund Freud

10 Things I Want to Know About My Family & Sigmund Freud

Focus, focus, focus. That’s been my mantra ever since I realized my genealogical research was meandering in all directions. So I came up with a couple of goals: To flesh out the lives of my mother’s immediate family members — both to understand my mother better and to make the acquaintance of relatives I neverContinue Reading