Monthly Archives: April 2012

Second cousin, once removed

If you’re confused about how people in your family are related to one another, let me try to demystify the concept of once- or twice-removed.  ‘Removed” refers to how many generations apart the two people are. Think about your own family. … Continue reading

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Then and Now…old photos tell a story

Notice the small number above the doorway entrance to this “mom and pop” shop: #840.  What else does this picture tell us?  It’s a grocery store, presumably owned by the man in the center.  Jello and Lipton’s Tea were already … Continue reading

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Gossip Columns, c. 1920

You never know, in this type of research, what clues you might come across.  When searching for Charles David Komaroff, I came upon a clipping from the February 18, 1920 San Francisco Chronicle column Personals and Hotel Gossip, announcing that … Continue reading

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You make me feel so young

Can you see the resemblance? I was given the photo of the young Larry, age 3, on the left.  The reverse was marked with his full name and the date the photo was taken.  I found the college yearbook photo, … Continue reading

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Vintage photos lead you on treasure hunts

For years, I’d been led to believe that this shop had been located on Clinton Street on New York’s Lower East Side.  Although 550 Clinton St. is a bona fide address, researching a 1916 city directory led me to this … Continue reading

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Error in digitizing WWII draft cards

How do I find these errors????  Errors, errors, everywhere!  Here’s the WWII draft card of the father of one of my clients.  She had shown me a picture of her dad; I knew he wasn’t a tall man.  Yet, the … Continue reading

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Digital catalogs sometimes misread handwriting

I regularly find errors in digital catalogs that resulted from someone misreading a handwritten entry and incorrectly transliterating it into text. Looking for Taube Josefowicz? Better check Tanbe Jozefowicz. It’s no accident that I stumbled upon the ship manifest for … Continue reading

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