Look what I got - OLD STUFF! I know to many people, my husband included, this looks like a bunch of junk. But to me it is GOLD!
I got stuff! Old pictures, letters, newspapers, wedding announcements, obituaries, death certificates. STUFF! This stuff has been in a storage unit of my mother's for more than 30 years and has just been waiting for me to find it.
And the 1940 census is out. And I'm finding some of my people. I feel like I'm in genealogy heaven!
When I first opened the box I saw a picture and I immediately hoped I knew who they were. I thought to myself that this must be four generations of women in my family. I hoped I was right!
And then I turned the picture over ever so slowly, held my breath, and read.....
THE FOUR GENERATIONS
Santa Cruz Aug 1896
Grandma Steen Great Grandmother
Grandma Schwartz Grandmother
Baby Loraine Baby
Baby Loraine is my grandmother, Mildred Loraine Gunzendorfer Levy! And her mother is Bertha Schwartz Gunzendorfer, her grandmother is Rebecca Steen Schwartz, and her great grandmother is Hannah Plotzky Steen. So now with my own family (father, me, daughters, grandchildren), I can actually see 8 generations of my family starting with Hannah!
I feel like I've won the lottery!