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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Herman and Julia Erlanger

I read this article on Slate recently about the origin of Jewish names, which got me thinking about my own last name: Erlanger. It’s one of the only indicators of the German heritage that peeks its way through the branches … Continue reading

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Effects of The Great Depression

I was going back over some census records recently (this is a good practice – if you’re anything like me, the first time you look at a record you’re so overwhelmed by the excitement of it that you miss half … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

For a long time, I was having difficulty tracing my German ancestors. I had always known my grandpa’s parents were Frank Erlanger and Agnes Heffernan (who, as her name suggests, was certainly not German, but rather Irish). I was told … Continue reading

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The Great War

I’ve been watching season 2 of Downton Abbey on PBS and it’s got me thinking about World War I. Several of my ancestors fought during the war, but like the History Channel I’m guilty of passing over their service in … Continue reading

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