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January 10, 1986 | By Ellen Goodman
The photo album, covered in worn green velvet and held together with ornate brass hinges, lay in a jumble of lace and candlesticks on an old table. It was, like everything else in the hall, a piece of used goods, the refuse of previous owners. Or, if you prefer, an antique. I opened the album the way someone in the market for a new home might read the real-estate listings. Was this property something that would suit my family? I thought no more of the former owners than I might have thought of the family who planted the tree in the backyard or added the dormers to the roof of a house for sale.
NEWS
August 27, 1986 | By Kitty Dumas, Inquirer Staff Writer
As long as there has been a county called Gloucester, there have been Tomlinsons in Gloucester County. But their 300 years in South Jersey do not seem like very long for the Tomlinsons of this century. Family members talk easily and with conviction about relatives who lived more than 100 years ago, as though they knew them personally, as though the events of their ancestors' lives occurred just yesterday. On Saturday, the Tomlinsons took part in what is for other families a summertime ritual but for them was quite out of the ordinary.
NEWS
March 7, 2000 | By Stacey Burling, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While the procedure that Today show viewers can watch Katie Couric get this morning - a colonoscopy - is considered the best test for colorectal cancers, few doctors recommend it for patients her age who have no family history or symptoms of the disease. A taped segment on the 43-year-old Couric having the procedure, which involves threading a flexible tube with a lighted viewing device through the rectum and into the large intestine, is scheduled to be broadcast between 8 and 8:30 a.m. It is part of a series on colon and rectal cancers that runs all week.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | Dear Abby
DEAR ABBY: My parents are approaching their 80s, and I'd like to recommend to seniors that a cherished gift to their children and grandchildren would be a journal or family history book written by them describing their childhood memories and early married years. Children and grandchildren can be given the chance to see through your eyes and your memories what their aunts, uncles and grandparents were like. The family history can be passed from one generation to the next, and I cannot think of a more special gift.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
RENNARD EAST was looking for some family history. What he found was American history. For years, East (whose first name is pronounced reh-NARD) had known that his forebears settled in Philadelphia after leaving South Carolina in the 1920s. But he couldn't figure out why they migrated north. Thanks to Kenyatta Berry, one of the sleuths from the PBS series "Genealogy Roadshow," East has learned that the reason for the family's move was, as she put it, "something that changed American history and African-American history.
NEWS
January 26, 1998 | By Malcolm Garcia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The FBI agent sauntered through the hallways of Abington Friends School, his badge in one hand, a cigar in the other. His mustache was fading beneath his nose, but with his hat tilted rakishly to one side, everyone knew he meant business. Still, he was shorter than most detectives. And his pants were rolled up above his shoes. "He looks better than I did," retired FBI agent Paul Nolan said of the impostor - his 9-year-old grandson and namesake. The younger Paul Nolan was in character, as were 39 other students, for the opening of the Third Grade Museum of Family History.
NEWS
July 24, 2000 | By Lisa Fine and Kate Herman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
At 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Hersey Gray could hear the wind rustling through the soybean fields across the street from his house. Aside from the occasional car passing by, the country lane in front of his home was deserted. Hours earlier, more than 100 relatives had swarmed around his property, hugging and saying their goodbyes as the 20th Walls family reunion came to an end. "This year was different," said Monica Hernandez, who came from Baltimore with her husband, Eduardo, and daughters for the weekend reunion.
NEWS
May 16, 1992 | by Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
Paula Woodton, 8 and grinning, pored over faded photographs with her grandmother. Christopher Bonner, also 8 and also grinning, heard his 80-year-old grandfather explain the tale of a knee buckle - a fastener for old-style breeches - owned by the family for 250 years. Tales and family talk were the themes yesterday at the William Meredith Elementary School, 5th and Fitzwater streets. New York Newsday Editor Bill Zimmerman spoke to Meredith students about how to conduct oral histories and then the students gathered histories from visiting grandparents and parents.
NEWS
December 25, 1996 | By Margaret Robinson
Teaching at a university Writing Center, I see reams of student essays on issues such as abortion, capital punishment, NAFTA, AIDS. After a while it gets numbing, for everyone. But recently, a history student came to the center, excited by a different assignment. It was to show the effect of major events of the century on two generations of his family. I wanted to cheer for this student, kiss his professor, and ASAP, talk to my own family. This is the season to do it. When do most of us see Mom and Dad, Uncle Jack, Cousin Marvin and Grandma Rosa, the ones who know the dirt, the stories, the family history?
NEWS
January 14, 2001 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A framed photograph of a handsome young man in a Confederate Army uniform was next to his discharge papers, dated 1865. Nearby were a bayonet from the Spanish American War and a three-ring binder filled with mementos of the life of Maj. George Fisher, killed in World War II in the Philippines. These and about a dozen other artifacts were on a table in the community room at Abington Free Library on Tuesday as the Old York Road Genealogical Society gathered for its annual "show-and-tell" night, when people could bring in family treasures to share.
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June 1, 2015 | By Janis Chakars, For The Inquirer
The children sat impatiently waiting for school to begin, until one of their classmates called them to the window. Crowded around the pane, they watched as KGB men arrested their teacher outside. They never saw him again. Andris told me this story as we stood in the same spot. He was one of those kids. It was after World War II, and Latvia was under Soviet occupation. My grandfather had gone to that school, too, as did his brother, Andris' father. I was traveling with my wife and kids.
TRAVEL
May 18, 2015 | By Mark Rienstra, For The Inquirer
Who would have thought that I had Napoleon to thank for my family name? I certainly didn't when we started our trek through Friesland as part of our son Joel's graduation trip. I knew that my ancestors emigrated from this mostly rural province of Holland in the late 1800s, but I did not know many other details of the family history. Nor did I know of a connection to the diminutive French general. But that is only one interesting tidbit we discovered as we pursued our roots. Renting a car in Amsterdam, we drove through the low-lying farmland near the Ijsselmeer, the large inland lake reclaimed from the North Sea. Passing by windmills (the modern electricity-generating kind)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
RENNARD EAST was looking for some family history. What he found was American history. For years, East (whose first name is pronounced reh-NARD) had known that his forebears settled in Philadelphia after leaving South Carolina in the 1920s. But he couldn't figure out why they migrated north. Thanks to Kenyatta Berry, one of the sleuths from the PBS series "Genealogy Roadshow," East has learned that the reason for the family's move was, as she put it, "something that changed American history and African-American history.
TRAVEL
January 5, 2015 | By the Rev. John Shimchick, For The Inquirer
I knew about the three sisters from the letters. In 1912 my grandfather, George, left his village of Siderka (then Russia) about an hour north of Bialystok, and never returned. Throughout his life, his brothers Vladimir and Makary sent him letters. Last year my Uncle Walter gave me a box of their letters and we worked on getting them translated. I am a priest, serving the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Medford, and this effort coincided with a trip our Diocesan Bishop Michael was planning to Poland for August 2014.
NEWS
November 9, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Candice and Ryan Ismirle sat on a small sofa at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, cradling their 2-day-old twin sons, Ryder and Rafe. Candice Ismirle's cousin and parents hovered nearby. In many ways, it was an archetypal celebration of new life by an extended family. But the scene was also testimony to their defiance - some might say denial - of a grim reality. At 33, Candice Ismirle is battling an aggressive, metastatic breast cancer. She and her husband, who live in Washington, conceived the twins through in vitro fertilization.
SPORTS
August 19, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
FOR THE Montelone family, "Surf's up" has become a rallying cry, as three of the family's five children are affected by cystic fibrosis. They are also part of a growing trend of families taking advantage of the health benefits that come with surfing. Hard to believe, but researchers have discovered that the saltwater in the ocean helps clear out the thick mucus that builds up in patients' lungs. "We have found the silver lining to it all and that has been through surfing," Paulette Montelone told the Associated Press while her five children were out in the water at San Onofre State Beach in California.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dania Sargenc often joked that the neon sign above Benash Liquor Store, with its bold yellow lettering, rusty red background, and arrow pointing toward the door, would one day be hers. The sign went up in 1948, when her uncle opened the store along Route 38 in Cherry Hill. Soon her father worked there, and even through ownership changes during the next 66 years, the sign remained. Then, last week, it came crashing down. What was one man's misfortune - accidentally toppling the sign with a red pickup truck - was Sargenc's chance to reclaim a part of her family's history.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie faces an April 28 deadline on the New Jersey Adoptees' Birthright Bill, which would give adopted adults over 18 access to their full original birth certificates. The governor could s sign it into law by that day; conditionally veto it with recommended changes, as he did in 2011; reject the legislation (an outright veto); or do nothing and allow it to become law. But those directly impacted face a different type of clock. "A lot of adoptees like myself are getting older," said Karen Baranowski, 54, of Turnersville, Gloucester County.
REAL_ESTATE
March 17, 2014 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
The trio of Colonials in Queen Village is as charming as a storybook illustration. Indeed, the transformation of the once-tumbledown dwellings is a family saga. Ann Foringer now lives in one of the end houses with husband Scott and daughter, Mai, 17. Previously, the structure was occupied by Ann's parents, Homer and Helen Rhule, who bought it in the mid-1980s. "My father was offered a job in Center City, and my parents decided to relocate" from Westfield, N.J., Ann said. "Mother wanted to restore a house - the older the better.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Patti Sheehy remembers thinking, this story has everything : Bravery, romance, suspense, and an evocative historical backdrop. Plus, it was true. She decided the best way to convey the emotions as well as the political ramifications of a young Cuban soldier's daring 1967 escape to America was as a novel. "It was a story that needed to be told, and I wanted to do it justice," says the author, 66, of Haddon Heights. And while The Boy Who Said No won't arrive in bookstores from Oceanview Publishing until June 4, the most important reviews for Sheehy's literary debut are already coming in. Frank Mederos, whose story it is (he's also the narrator)
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