Abraham ZWEIGENBAUM and Fanny KARP


I *finally* have a family photo from my husband Alan’s family to share! I’m tracing my husband’s Jewish roots and I asked one of his uncles to send me scans of any old family photos he might have. So, he took a few snapshots with his phone and sent them via email – but he is also scanning them and sending better copies (and more photos as he finds them!)

His mother Gail (who is my husband’s Grand-Aunt) just turned 100 years old this year!

This photo is of my husband’s Great Grandparents; Fanny KARP and Abraham ZWEIGENBAUM. According to some records they were married in 1908, but according to an Uncle they were married in 1906. Very close so I’m not worried about it right now. I’ll eventually order their certificate.

Abraham was born 03 Mar 1888 in Russia and died bef. 1978 in Woodbine, New Jersey

Fanny/Fannie was born around 1886 in Russia and died aft. 1949 in Bronx, New York

My husband, as well as his father (and uncle) alllll look like Abraham! So exciting to see photos 🙂

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Countries of Origin

All my life, my mother has told me that our family is “English, Irish, German and Holland-Dutch” …. Funny thing is, my father says the same thing.

Thanks to research (most of which done at Ancestry.com) I’ve found the English (both sides, although Mom’s is more documented), the Irish (I have a Great-Grandmother on Dad’s side who was born in Ireland – but no other information), the German (mostly documented on Dad’s side but I have some records on Mom’s side) and PLENTY of Dutch (Holland) on Dad’s side (but nothing from Mom’s side yet).

English – Pelton, Way(e), Mann

Irish – (wife of) Mann

Germany – Wetzold, Fleischhauer

Holland – Blauvelt

Those are the MAIN surnames I am looking into. There are obviously plenty of offshoots though.  I realized recently that I really don’t know ANYTHING about Holland.

Holland is a region and former province located on the western coast of the Netherlands. The name Holland is also frequently used as a pars pro toto to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. This usage is generally accepted, but some individuals, particularly from the other parts of the Netherlands, dislike the use of “Holland” as a substitute for “the Netherlands”.[2]

From the 10th to the 16th century, Holland proper was a unified political region within the Holy Roman Empire as acounty ruled by the Counts of Holland. By the 17th century, Holland had risen to become a maritime and economic power, dominating the other provinces of the newly independent Dutch Republic.

Today, the former County of Holland roughly consists of the two Dutch provinces of North Holland and South Holland, which together include the Netherlands’ three largest cities: the capital city of Amsterdam; the seat of government of The Hague; and Rotterdam, home of Europe’s largest port.

Thanks Wikipedia!

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WikiTree – Collaborative Genealogy

I’ll be honest – I’d never heard of WikiTree until the folks over at one of my favorite Genealogy websites – The In Depth Genealogist – posted about it. So, being the geek I am I of course went and signed up! AND volunteered to help out. I’ve been plugging away at my own family history for over 18 years now. I love this hobby and I love helping other people discover their roots!

WikiTree is designed to connect us all under one canopy, in one family forest. Rather than a collection of unconnected trees, WikiTree is a single tree where every ancestor has one profile that all the descendants and researchers share. One world trees have been tried before on various websites and there have been issues with the concept. Many people’s trees include unreliable information. When these trees are put together on a shared website, the mistakes get perpetuated. The incorrect information gets redistributed and the mistakes never get corrected.

I’ve personally been a member of a few and it’s a pain to update information and no one else seems to be able to either.

So far – I am the ONLY member of the WETZOLD family up on this website! I’d love to encourage my other family members to GO JOIN and share some information!

Click here to visit my profile on WikiTree!

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Navy Knowledge Online Offers Ancestry Access for Free

If you are on Active Duty Military, Retired Military or a Dependent, and are a member of DEERS, go to Navy Knowledge Online and you can access – for FREE – ancestry.com library edition, footnote.com and heritage quest.  Once you are online, click on Reference which is upper right, then select Navy e-library.  On the next page on the left select E-Library-Genealogy and you will be brought to the page!

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Who Do You Think You Are?

On March 5th on NBC a new family-history centered television show will premier. The show features seven celebrities on a journey back in time as they discover more about the ancestors who came before them. The celebrities include Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow and Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Matthew Broderick, Emmet Smith and Spike Lee.

I’m into researching my family tree (genealogy) so this show sounds really neat! I love to hear stories about my ancestors – I know they came to this country a LONG time ago (on my Mom’s side in the late 1600’s) and at least one was a joker who was apparently a horse thief!

I read a few reviews on YouTube and noticed that there were some people complaining that “normal people cannot afford a professional genealogist” – well, they are probably correct – but a “normal” person has all the access to do it themselves! I’ve been working on my own genealogy since I was 12 years old and began on (and still use) Ancestry.com! Now since I need more detailed information I access the website (for free) at my local public library. Local Mormon churches also have free access to a lot of genealogy information and are very happy to help visitors out.

So do you research your family tree? Will you be watching “Who Do You Think You Are?” this Friday?

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