January 10, 1986 |
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.
August 27, 1986 |
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.
August 19, 2016 |
The new hobby Edgar Stern had been searching for was there all along. "My grandfather made this in the 1930s, in Germany," the 89-year-old Cinnaminson resident says, holding up a hand-carved wooden plaque, known as a mizrach, of the type often found in Jewish homes. "I was looking for something new to do, and it gave me an idea," adds Stern, who was barely 9 when he and his family fled Hitler's Germany. "Why don't I try woodworking?" Since that inspiration about four years ago, the retired therapist has crafted dozens of decorative objects in his meticulously organized workshop and given most away.
March 7, 2000 |
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.
June 18, 2012 |
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.
February 26, 2015 |
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.
January 26, 1998 |
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.
July 24, 2000 |
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.
May 16, 1992 |
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.
December 25, 1996 |
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?