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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 »

The Gift of Gab

The Gift of Gab

This is day 15 of the Family History Writing Challenge — the one where I do a little backtracking, a lot of mea culping, and some not-so-gentle admonishing. The Family Picture  Once upon a time, a mysterious picture hung in my mother’s apartment in Atlanta.  The people pictured in it, those featured at the topContinue Reading »

Family History Writing Challenge: Ponderings at the Halfway Mark

Family History Writing Challenge: Ponderings at the Halfway Mark

Today is Day 14 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018 — which means tomorrow I’ll be in the home stretch. Yesterday I hit a brick wall in my research, so today I thought I’d take a breather and consider the process. As I said at the start, I took the challenge  because I needContinue Reading »

Struggling with Sponsorship: Who’s That Nephew?

Struggling with Sponsorship: Who’s That Nephew?

This is day 13 of the Family History Writing Challenge and I’ve hit a brick wall — to use a common genealogical term for encountering seemingly insurmountable problems that make you want to bang your head against one (this last is just my interpretation). I’m still poring over the emigration questionnaire of Adolf Schweizer: Emigration documentContinue Reading »

Adolf or Adolph, Schweizer or Schweitzer: Entering Spelling Hell

Adolf or Adolph, Schweizer or Schweitzer: Entering Spelling Hell

This is day 12 or the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018 — and I’m getting a little slap happy. Let’s discuss spelling.  When I read over what I posted yesterday about the various butcher shops in the Kornmehl family, I noticed something that annoyed me: I had misspelled my great uncle Rudolph Kornmehl’s first name.Continue Reading »

A Fowl Business: Another Kornmehl Family Butcher Shop (& Freud’s Likely Aversion to It)

A Fowl Business: Another Kornmehl Family Butcher Shop (& Freud’s Likely Aversion to It)

This is Day 11 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018 In my last post, I outlined several questions arising from Adolf Schweizer’s emigration form that I was hoping to tackle. The first one related to the nature of the butcher shop that Adolf owned–or worked in. It was very easily answered. In the sectionContinue 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 »

Jewish Immigration, Part 2: Sponsorship & Family Rifts

Jewish Immigration, Part 2: Sponsorship & Family Rifts

This is Day 9 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018. In yesterday’s post, I described the restrictions against immigrants, especially Jews, coming to the U.S. from Nazi Austria (an accurate term, I decided, for a country that welcomed Hitler and that was instrumental to putting his Final Solution into place–claims of being occupied notwithstanding). Continue Reading »

Jewish Immigration, Part 1: Quotas & Suspicion

Jewish Immigration, Part 1: Quotas & Suspicion

This is Day 8 of the Family History Writing Challenge, 2018 One of the key sources of information I have about Bertha and Adolph Schweitzer is the form they filled out in an attempt to leave Vienna. While I gather information on and interpret this document in the search for the identities of my great auntContinue Reading »

Bertha Kornmehl Gets Married, Part 2

Bertha Kornmehl Gets Married, Part 2

This is Day 7 of the Family History Writing Challenge. One week down, three to go, lord help me.  As I continue my search for information on my great aunt and uncle, Bertha and Adolf Schweitzer, here’s a wrap up of what I’ve discovered so far. Marriage No. 1 Bertha Kornmehl became Bertha Singer on MarchContinue Reading »