Tag Archives: Kornmehl family

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

The Far-Flung Kornmehl Family

The Far-Flung Kornmehl Family

I’ve alluded to the fact that I’ve gone from thinking I had no living relatives on my mother’s side besides my immediate family to the realization that I have a very large — and, as it turns out, far flung — family. Not all of them have the name Kornmehl, of course. And there areContinue 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

The Last of the Kornmehl Butchers (Maybe)

The Last of the Kornmehl Butchers (Maybe)

I’m excited to welcome as my first guest poster one of my newly discovered relatives. Jill Leibman Kornmehl is the daughter-in-law of Nathan Kornmehl, at 96 years old the patriarch of the Kornmehl family. At least as far as I know. New branches of the family keep cropping up. I’m not ready to say anythingContinue Reading