Ancestral Recall: The Extensive Military History of Service of My Ancestors From the French and Indian War to the Present Day

Going back 10 generations of ancestors, it took 8,190 of them to make me, and considering human beings have a seeming propensity for armed conflict, I was almost certain to find records my ancestors’ service in various battles and wars. Going back as far as I can, the first ancestor with a military record isContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: The Extensive Military History of Service of My Ancestors From the French and Indian War to the Present Day”

Ancestral Recall: Discovering My English Heritage and My Ancestors from Colonial Maryland and Virginia

As I wrote in a previous post, about 25% of my DNA comes from southern Germany and eastern France, while another 25% comes from England with a dash of Scotland apparently, though I can’t seem to find that ancestor. The other 50% comes from my European Jewish roots. In this post, I detail the ancestralContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Discovering My English Heritage and My Ancestors from Colonial Maryland and Virginia”

Ancestral Recall: Tracing My European Jewish Heritage to Poland, Moldova, and Russia

As I wrote previously, 50% of my DNA is “European Jewish.” It wasn’t surprising, considering my mother’s side of my ancestry was entirely Jewish… I knew my great-grandmother, Esther Feinglass, whom we called Gram, for the first 18 years of my life. She died in July 2002, shortly before I went to college. As theContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Tracing My European Jewish Heritage to Poland, Moldova, and Russia”

Merriment Abounded! The Adventures of the 2018 Maryland Renaissance Festival

Today, 23 September 2018, I went with my wife Abby, brother-in law Keith, sister-in-law Amanda, our niece Scarlett, and our nephew Keith, also known as Little Man to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. It’s a huge event for Maryland every year, running from August to October every weekend, rain or shine. …speaking of which… It wasContinue reading “Merriment Abounded! The Adventures of the 2018 Maryland Renaissance Festival”

Fridays with Grandpa

Five months ago today… We had all spent the last few days together, and I mean all of us. Family had flown in from California, cousins rode trains down from Manhattan, and those of us who lived close made the daily drive to the Kentlands neighborhood in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We crammed into the apartment, threeContinue reading “Fridays with Grandpa”