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30
Dec

In a Single Snapshot, a Syrian Story is Revealed with Grace and Pride

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My great-grandparents Edward and Matilda (pictured here) emigrated to the US from Aleppo, Syria in 1906 and 1911 respectively. In fact, all four of my great-grandparents on my father’s side came from Aleppo. Until recently, most Americans had never heard of this city in Syria. . But I grew up learning Aleppo’s rich heritage via […]

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29
Dec

My Grandfather Sammy’s Love for Technology is Captured in this Vintage Photograph

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This is my favorite picture of my grandfather, Sammy. Though I was never close to him, when I see photographs of him, I feel as though I’m looking directly at my own father. Their similarities are striking, not only their appearance but their military history and their love for technology. My father believes this photograph […]

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28
Dec

A Love Story for the Ages, Told by One Simple Snapshot of my Grandparents

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This is one of my all-time favorite family photos. My grandparents on my father’s side both died when I was very young. My grandma was diagnosed with ALS years before I was born (she was only 58), and by the time I could remember her, she couldn’t move much or talk at all. Her eyes […]

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27
Dec

This Family Photo is a Glimpse into My Parent’s Early Years as a Couple

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Mom & Dad, Christmas, 1969. I’m unsure what I like best about this photo…from the actual popcorn mom popped and threaded with a needle, by hand, to string around the tree, or the real candy canes hung on the branches, or the homemade gingerbread cookies that she baked then tied onto the tree branches. The […]

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12
Dec

Four Ways You Can Tap into The Power of The Cloud to Enrich Your Family History Projects and Create a Collaborative Experience for Loved Ones

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Collaborating with loved ones makes family history research more meaningful. When my family first started working on our family tree, we were using different website services and only occasionally emailing or calling each other with updates. A few times a year, we would meet up, pass around folders of printed information and review homemade family trees. That process would […]

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11
Dec

A Special Family Portrait of First-Generation Cuban Americans

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These are my grandparents with their adorable twins – my aunt and my father. This family portrait was taken in Cuba during the Batista years, circa 1947. My aunt and my father where seven years old when this photo was taken. Five years later, they left Cuba to resettle in Miami, so they would be […]

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06
Dec

Rediscovering a Priceless Family Photo that Was Lost and Then Found Again

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This is a photo of my aunt, my grandmother and my mother taken around 1942 or so in Huntsville, Alabama. My aunt, the young girl on the left, kept this photo with her every minute when she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Falmouth, Kentucky one summer after a bout with […]

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01
Dec

How Discovering a Dusty Box of Family Photos Changed the Course of my Career and Taught me the Value of Family History

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I grew up in the cultural hodge-podge known as the mid 80s and early 90s. I feel caught in Gen-Y while the millennial side of me is saying it’s ok to drink the Kool-Aid (which I drank a lot of growing up). It was the golden age of Nickelodeon and MTV. I played outside…a lot. […]

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