Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The higher branches of our Family Tree were bare when it came to photos. Guess they were all camera shy. We wanted to represent these photo-less family members with an image on our Family Tree so they too can be brought to life. Through research we have acquired documents with signatures for many of these relatives. When you have a document signed by your relative you have a document seen and touched by your relative. It directly connects you to your relative. It makes them seem more real because they were there to sign the document. A person's signature is very unique, represents them, and shows who they are. Some print, some write in script, some are very ornate, some sign in Hebrew and some sign in Latin characters. Recently we began snipping the signatures out of the images of the documents and adding them to our Family Tree as our relatives' images. Now they can be properly represented. This is a work in progress.

Jacobson and Jacobson Genealogy Researchers
specializing in Jewish Genealogy.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Does Oldest Know Best?

In our January 18th Genealogy Blog post, How Did This All Start?, and our February 1st Genealogy Blog post, The Names Begin to Come to Life, we told you how we interviewed our relatives and collected genealogical information from them. Some of this information was incomplete or in conflict. When we started our genealogical research, we were often able to prove one relative's memory more reliable than another. Having had more than one familial source of information was invaluable. Our older relatives gave us a good base of information, while some of our younger relatives gave us more detailed information. You can't judge a genealogical source by their age.