Tag Archives: Kornmehl family

A Reboot, A Rabbi & A Reunion

…walk into a bar. Just kidding. But that title cried out for it. The Reboot I had a wake up call recently, thanks in part to a comment by guest poster and Viktor Frankl biographer Anna Redsand. Who are all these people you’re writing about? she asked. You need a scorecard — or at leastContinue Reading

Who Put the Heads on Pez? My Cousin Curt!

Who Put the Heads on Pez? My Cousin Curt!

One of my cousins is a pop culture icon. Or at least the source of one. Many members of the Kornmehl family have been successful. We’ve got doctors, lawyers, scientists, bankers, and writers in the clan, as well as a famous (on the East Coast) chocolatier.  But, as far as public recognition is concerned, noContinue Reading

A Kornmehl Reunion (Of Sorts)

A Kornmehl Reunion (Of Sorts)

The genealogical adventures of the far-flung Kornmehl family continue! This week turned out to be a guest post double header. Today’s contribution was written by a different Kornmehl family member, but it was also made possible by the organizational skills of Jill Leibman Kornmehl, who is as good at people gathering as she at documentContinue Reading

Is Julianna Margulies My Cousin?

Is Julianna Margulies My Cousin?

I’m not going to lie. After being away for a while, it’s been a little tough getting back into my family history. For one thing, all roads seem to lead to antisemitism, if not death. Then there’s the learning curve. It feels like a lifetime ago that I took February’s Family History Writing Challenge —Continue Reading

Coming Attractions!

Coming Attractions!

I’m back. Yes, I needed a break after the daily deadlines of February’s Family History Writing Challenge, but I miss the structure and accountability that the challenge provided.  I thought if I told you what’s upcoming on my blog I would be committed to write about those topics or, as you’ll see, shame others intoContinue Reading

Many Funerals and a Wedding: Kamilla Kornmehl

Many Funerals and a Wedding: Kamilla Kornmehl

Although genealogists are fond of cemeteries, boneyards are not the liveliest places to meet a family member for the first time. Yesterday I introduced Kamilla Bergmann Kornmehl, mother-to-be of Viktor Kornmehl, as the young (age 35) occupant of a plot where her in-laws were already resting. I’d like to go back in time today andContinue Reading

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 11: The Plot Thickens

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 11: The Plot Thickens

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. — David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens. This quote came to mind as I try to approach the putative next subject of my family history challenge, Viktor Kornmehl. IContinue Reading

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 3: Finding Ezriel, Part 1

Family History Writing Challenge, Day 3: Finding Ezriel, Part 1

I decided I would start with a profile of Ezriel for this challenge because he is the older of the two Kornmehls I plan to focus on — and also because I am waiting for permission to reproduce a document relating to Viktor. But I realized that my information about Ezriel is far sketchier thanContinue Reading

2013 Goals for Writing My Family History, Part 1

2013 Goals for Writing My Family History, Part 1

New Year’s resolutions can set you up to fail if they’re too numerous and too vague. I’ve learned to go for simple and specific. One year my only resolution was to floss every day. I could — and did — stick to that. This year, I’m working on a large, unwieldy project that doesn’t haveContinue Reading

Seeking Dating & Fashion Advice

Seeking Dating & Fashion Advice

No, not that kind. At least not here. It’s genealogy I’m cozying up to. One of my research goals in 2013 is to learn when, where, and on what occasion the formal portrait of my grandparents and great aunts and uncles featured in the header of this blog was taken. My mother identified all theContinue Reading