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Monthly Archive for March, 2011

DC to Montclair

My Mom, JoAnn Weisel, was born on October 24th 1957 in Salem Oregon to Bill and Janet Cassebaum. She was born into a military family, her father was in Oregon training to go over and fight in the Korean War. After a year and her fathers training and service they moved to a small town […]

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The Breen’s Migration Story

My families geographical background is something that I have always been interested in. Every year we have a Breen Family Reunion and I love hearing stories of where my certain relatives grew up and well as the times they lived in. My mom is the one who has sparked my interest my families life stories. […]

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American from the start

My dad’s lineage traces back to the late 1500s, my ancestor William Bradford being the first governor of Massachusetts – we even still have a deed from 1762 to another ancestor, Aaron Graves, from King George. My dad’s side of the family has been in a town called Sunderland, Massachusetts, for at least a couple […]

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Jersey Born and Bred

My parents grew up not far from each other in small suburban towns in New Jersey. My father was born in Chicago in 1959. His family was living there at the time due to his father’s job working for the wall street journal. My father was the fourth child in his family, and after his […]

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Migration

Although my parents both were born and raised in New Jersey, they grew up in very different environments.  My Mom was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and my Dad was born and raised in Livingston, NJ.  My Mom remembers taking trains and subways to get to school as a child, and seeing […]

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My father Carl Freed and my mother Jennifer Zolten Freed both grew up in very different environments across the country. My dad was born in Los Angeles, California. He was the middle child; he had an older brother and a younger sister. They grew up together and all went to the same high school. Every […]

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Migration Story

It all started when my grandparents journeyed from Italy to America. Each of the four came from different places and at different stages in their lives, but all stories are similar in that it was not easy at first. They came with very little money and had a lot of difficulty finding a job at […]

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In 1961, Euan Critten Menzies, my father, was born in a small town about fifteen minutes outside of Glasgow, Scotland.  He spent the first fifteen years of his life attending school the same school in this town.  At the young age of sixteen, he finished high school and went off to Glasgow University.  When he […]

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My Migration

My mother, Francyne Mary Federici, was born in April 1959. Her mother and father raised her and two other daughters, Linda and Arie. My mom was the middle child. She grew up in Newark New Jersey, where she was born, but moved to Essex Fells when she was 14. She attended a catholic all girls’ […]

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Migration Story

My parents migration story is quite interesting. My parents come from two completely different areas in the U.S. My mom was born in Houston, Texas, and my dad was born in Buffalo, New York. These cities are almost polar opposites of each other but my parents somehow, throughout there journeys managed to meet each other. […]

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