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Izzy Arbeiter Waves Goodbye to Plock

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 26, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Israel Arbeiter said his final goodbye today to his home city of Plock, Poland. At 87, Arbeiter will most likely never again be healthy enough to return to the city that gave him life 87 years ago, but… Read more

Israel Arbeiter Returns To Plock

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 25, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Israel Arbeiter was 14 when the Germans took over his city of Plock, Poland on September 3, 1939. There were an estimated 10,000 Jews living in Plock (pronounced Plotsk) in 1939. You would be hard pressed to find a handful… Read more

Israel Arbeiter Lands in Poland

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 24, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Just prior to boarding our Lufthansa flight from Boston’s Logan airport to Munich, Germany and then on to Warsaw, Poland I gave Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter a copy of a book I just finished. It’s called “Auschwitz” by… Read more

Ancestry.com: Mother’s Day Pays Tribute to Mom

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 23, 2012 in Social Media

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate moms. And the things they pass down to us. What’s the most important thing your mom passed down to you? A few of us at Ancestry.com answered that question. Head to our Facebook page to enter our Mother’s Day Sweepstakes and get a chance to win a genealogy kit for… Read more

Israel Arbeiter Returns to Poland

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 23, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org How much inner strength must a man have to be able to revisit places where he experienced indescribable horrors? Israel Arbeiter has spent the past seven decades keeping a promise. That promise was to tell as many people… Read more

Prisoner A18651: Israel Arbeiter

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 18, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org “Hitler tried to kill me. I’m still alive. He’s dead”. Israel Arbeiter, the author of those words, turned 87 within the past week. If you had asked him in 1939 whether he would have lived this long he… Read more

1940 U.S. Census: So Many Questions Waiting to be Answered

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 17, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Anna and Joe Dansbury William Dansbury’s first wife died in 1938, leaving him with three small children. By 1942 he married his first wife’s cousin, my grandmother, Anna Steffes, and had another baby boy. I’m not exactly sure how quickly he remarried but 1940 is a critical year. Were they married yet? Or was my… Read more

Win the Journey of a Lifetime in the ‘Star of Your Family Story Contest’

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on March 20, 2012 in Social Media

Who Do You Think You Are? follows some of today’s most beloved celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of discovery as their families’ histories are revealed. We all know a celebrity’s story is interesting, but what about your story? Ancestry.com allows you to unlock so many magical moments in your family journey, and we… Read more

These Families We Inherit

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 16, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

With families, no matter what kind you inherit, at some point you want to announce you belong to it. I had the opportunity yesterday to spend a few minutes talking with Kaui Hart Hemmings, the author of The Descendants.  She was very candid about her family history.  That wasn’t at all surprising. I have read… Read more

RootsTech 2012 Has Come and Gone

Posted by Crista Cowan on February 9, 2012 in Events, Social Media

I absolutely LOVE genealogy conferences. I love meeting new people and running into old friends. I love attending classes to learn new things. And, I love teaching classes where I get to watch people’s eyes light up with discovery. I love spending time in the Ancestry.com booth where I’m able to help people break through… Read more

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