Genie Milgrom, author of "My 15 Grandmothers."

My 15 Grandmothers: A Story of Crypto Jews with Genie Milgrom

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Last week on the Forget-Me-Not Hour, Genie Milgrom joined me to talk about her fascinating story of genealogical research and spiritual discovery, which she shares in her book My 15 Grandmothers. Genie was born and raised in a Catholic family, exiles from Cuba. As an adult she converted to Orthodox Judaism and began to seriously research her maternal ancestry. She discovered that she descends from Jews in Spain who hid their Jewishness from the Spanish Inquisition by becoming Catholic. These people are variously called Crypto Jews, Converso Jews, or Marrano Jews. Genie talked about the … Read More

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Roll of Honor in Center Moriches, Suffolk County (Long Island), New York

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The following names are on the Roll of Honor at Main Street and Lake Avenue  in Center Moriches. They include those who served in World War I and World War II. Asterisks mark the names of the men who were killed in action. These names, who include my family from Center Moriches, start the list. The others will be added in July.   World War II James Daves Eugene Davis Warren Dayton* (U.S. Air Force, my father’s first cousin who was shot down over Germany) Douglas De Bruler Philip De Carlo Prescott … Read More

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NGS Richmond Recap with Jan Alpert

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Last week the Forget-Me-Not Hour was broadcast live from the National Genealogical Society’s annual family history conference held in Richmond, Virginia this year. I interviewed conference co-chair Jan Alpert as we sat outside the exhibit hall at the Greater Richmond Conference Center — so you will hear a little audio background noise. Jan gave a great recap of the conference, the first one to have live streaming of a few of the lectures. (You can still hear the ten lectures. They are available until 31 May by registering here:  http://www.playbackngs.com/774-ngs-streaming-packages.html) Jan … Read More

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Our Ancestors, Our Stories — South Carolina African American Stories by The Memory Keepers

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Last week on The Forget-Me-Not Hour, I welcomed four of the five co-authors of the book Our Ancestors, Our Stories to the show. Joining me from different parts of the country, Bernice Bennett, Harris Bailey Jr., Vincent Sheppard and Ellen Butler talked about their collaboration on the book that tells the story of their African American ancestors who lived in the Old Edgefield District of South Carolina. The fifth co-author is Ethel Dailey. Like he does in the book, historian Harris Bailey, the only author without ancestors in Edgefield (his wife is … Read More

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Baptists in New York with Rev. Wayne Brandow

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This week I interviewed Rev. Wayne Brandow, pastor of the Bible Baptist Church of Galway in Saratoga County, New York. Wayne was a lecturer on Baptist history at the Northeast Branch of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Schenectady, NY, and I met him when I was tracking down those elusive Baptist church records for a client whose ancestors settled in Saratoga County in the early 1800s. Wayne began by explaining the history of the Baptist movement in Europe, from its start as Anabaptist on the continent in Holland. University theology students … Read More

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New York Track at NGS Richmond

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Last week the presenters of the New York Track at the National Genealogical Society’s 2014 family history conference in Richmond, Virginia, joined me on the show, live from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) office in Midtown Manhattan. The presenters of the NYG&B-sponsored track include Naomi Joshi, Terry Koch-Bostic, Joan Koster Morales and myself. We had a ball! Terry started the show by explaining why the NYG&B sponsored a track this year, and then we all took turns talking about the exciting lineup of New York genealogy topics at this year’s … Read More

Guest Bill Ruddock's book "Confiscated Properties of Philipse Highland Patent, Putnam County, New York 1780-1785."

New York Loyalist Land Confiscations

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This week on the Forget-Me-Not Hour, my guest was author and genealogist Bill Ruddock. Bill talked about the New York Loyalist land forfeitures and confiscations during and after the American Revolution, how genealogists can use the records that were generated from the confiscations, and his new book on the forfeitures in Putnam County, New York. Bill explained that the Act of Attainder that permitted the recently-formed state of New York to confiscate the property of landowners who supported the King of England in New York was passed in October 1779. … Read More

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Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE from London

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Last week I had the pleasure of doing two half-hour interviews at the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE event in London at the Olympia London venue on 20-22 February. American genealogy blogger Dick Eastman was making his annual visit to the show and stopped to chat with me on Friday about the show from an American’s perspective.  WDYTYA? LIVE sales manager David Showler took a some time from his busy show schedule to talk with me as well on Saturday, the last day of the show. Both interviews … Read More

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Twelve Years A Slave: Solomon Northup Before and After in Upstate New York

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This week Solomon Northup biographer David Fiske joined me on the Forget-Me-Not Hour to talk about his co-authored book Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of “Twelve Years a Slave.” David joined me on the show from Saratoga County, New York, where Northup, born a free black man in New York, was tricked and then kidnapped into slavery in 1841. Northup was sold as a slave in Washington, D.C. and was taken to Louisiana where he lived in bondage for 12 years. David recounted Northup’s early life in upstate … Read More

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Wall Street Walks: Financial District Tour and History with Annaline Dinkleman

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We had a fun show on the Forget-Me-Not Hour on 15 February when Annaline Dinkelman joined me to talk about the history of Wall Street in lower Manhattan and how our ancestors were impacted by some of the more significant developments in the banking industry and stock market from the early days of the federal government. Annaline is the owner of Walk Street Walks, the first guided walking tour company in New York City to focus exclusively on the stock market and financial history. Before the show aired, Annaline gave … Read More

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