The Messinger Family Optical Business ….100 Plus Years Later!

      As a follow up to a previous blog that was featured in Chronicles, a quarterly publication by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Philadelphia, I was asked by the editor to submit the history of the Messinger Family’s Optical business in Philadelphia that continues today. Because I have a passion for Genealogy and DNA, … More The Messinger Family Optical Business ….100 Plus Years Later!

Family FARM Mystery Solved….thanks to a DNA match!

If you are as addicted to this DNA craze as much as me, you probably find yourself checking for new matches in various sites often. In Ancestry, when that little blue dot appears among my top matches, I immediately start investigating and researching. This happened to me again recently. Newest match (and number 6 in … More Family FARM Mystery Solved….thanks to a DNA match!

WRITTEN IN STONE!

Last Spring while out of town, I was unable to attend a trip to visit The Alliance Colony in New Jersey, a Jewish agricultural community founded in May 1882. My Genealogy friend Lois Goldman (who is credited with title of blog) did go on this trip and informed me that she came across name of Henry … More WRITTEN IN STONE!

Wortreich and Oxenburg Cousins… from Warsaw

This is a photo of Nathan Wortreich with my Grandfather, Max Oxenburg. They were both from Warsaw. In 1906, when Nathan was 18 years old, he can be found on a ship manifest traveling to his “cousin” Moschek Oksenberg (Morris Oxenburg) in Philadelphia. Morris was my Great Grandfather and approximately 25 years older than Nathan. In … More Wortreich and Oxenburg Cousins… from Warsaw

Stopnica to Belgium to Nova Scotia. A DNA Story….and the discovery of a family tree.

Background: This is the Weber / Metzger Family photo taken in Stopnica, Poland approximately 1929. My mother in law is the baby in this photo. Three younger siblings were born after her. This family photo remains framed in her home. Always intrigued by family history, I had my Mother In Law recall names for me … More Stopnica to Belgium to Nova Scotia. A DNA Story….and the discovery of a family tree.

I had a Great-Great Grandmother Living in New York? The “sideways” search!

This is my most recent exciting discovery. My 93 year old Dad, Samuel Oxenburg, is Grandson of Rebecca Messinger Kops. Her brother was Joseph. This family was (and continues to be) in the Optical business. When my father was young, he worked for a short time for Pete Messinger in Philadelphia (one of Joseph’s sons). … More I had a Great-Great Grandmother Living in New York? The “sideways” search!

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Bashert Moment!

This is a family photo of the Spector family taken approximately 1912 in Russia. Family was from what sounded like “Podolio Gubernia” when I took notes from my Bubbe. She always said it was near Kiev. Another time she stated near Odessa. From looking at a map, it appears to be between the two. Records … More Bashert Moment!