52 Ancestors: #7 Samuel Engel

Now's the time to resume the No Story Too Small challenge from last year!   This time I am going to introduce you to my Great Great Grandfather, Samuel Hirsch Engel.  He is the father of my maternal great grandmother, Tony.  Here's what I've learned over the past few years since I began researching Samuel's life. Initially as I researched, my … Continue reading 52 Ancestors: #7 Samuel Engel


52 Ancestors: #6 Antonia “Tony” Jeanette Engel

Though I only made it through 5 of my ancestors initially... I'm back at it! I took a break while I was super busy with work and The In-Depth Genealogist.  Now's the time to resume the No Story Too Small challenge.   This week I am going to introduce you to my Great Grandmother, Antonia "Tony" … Continue reading 52 Ancestors: #6 Antonia “Tony” Jeanette Engel

I Could Plotz*- All Three Birthplaces!

*plotz- burst from excitement Part Two: Locating the Homeland My last article included details on how I used a timeline to develop a list of potential sources for the birthplace of my 2x great grandparents. The list of possible sources was: Samuel Engel—Birth Record, Synagogue Records, Tax Lists, Marriage record, Passenger List, Declaration of Intent Application.  Other … Continue reading I Could Plotz*- All Three Birthplaces!

Don’t Kvetch*- Use Timelines and Locations to Reveal Secrets

*Kvetch- to complain Part One: Locating the Homeland   If you’ve attended any genealogy class, webinar, or read a book on the subject of family research you’ve been told that it is important to look at timelines for individuals.  Sure, we know this, but how often do we actually stop to examine our family’s timeline?  … Continue reading Don’t Kvetch*- Use Timelines and Locations to Reveal Secrets

An Introduction

Over the past five years I have learned more about my Jewish roots than I had in the thirty-some before that.  I have always been fascinated with the history of the Jewish people, but until my maternal grandmother, Shirley Krueger Morse passed away, I didn’t realize how little I really knew.  After experiencing the loss … Continue reading An Introduction

New Information Revealed in Slovakian Record

Earlier this year I began trying to find further information for my Engel family.   At first I focused primarily on passenger lists and immigration records for my great great grandparents, Dora Fleckman and Samuel Engel.  Below is a photograph of them on a ship with the Statue of Liberty in the background. I knew that … Continue reading New Information Revealed in Slovakian Record