Category Archives: family history

My Photo Collection

I remember when I was a little boy and we went to visit my Great Grandma Stevens in Long Beach, she had this large closet off of the hallway and it was filled with things which I was fascinated by. … Continue reading

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The Tailor Shop

In 1980, when I was just 16, I wrote to Lura Treffeisen, my grandfather’s cousin, to see if she might be able to help me with my family research. She and her niece Janet were both working on the “family … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Murder-Suicide Attempt

My Great Grandmother Bertha Ida ‘Becky’ (Treffeisen) (Massey) Doyle was a quiet, small-framed woman that I remember coming to holidays and major family events. Here you can see her holding me at just two weeks old, a four-generation photo. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Christmas Tree Photo

I started collecting old family photographs when I was about 15. My first set of 74 pictures were given to me by my grandmother Audrey, who typically doesn’t place much sentimental value on old photographs. She was probably just happy … Continue reading

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Formal Family Portrait

One of the photos included in those I received from my Aunt Alma’s estate was this one – a formal portrait of an unknown family, taken in the first part of the twentieth century. I had no idea who the … Continue reading

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Mystery Waterfront

Among the items I inherited from my Great Aunt Alma were two old albums that had belonged to my Great Grandmother, Bertha ‘Becky’ Treffeisen. One of these, apparently from about 1912 to 1914, contained several photos that had been taken … Continue reading

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Harper’s Weekly

In my further attempts to identify photos in my great grandmother’s photo album, I noticed this one, which I believe to be the matriarch of the influential Keen/Butcher family that my family worked with. This was probably Emma Keen, wife … Continue reading

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Alma’s Treasures

Alma was my grandpa’s sister, and she was a hoot. She was so full of life and energy that you couldn’t help but be inspired to get up and do something – anything! She was a painter, and just a … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Although I have been on the net for years and years (since 1986), I’ve never had a blog. “What’s all the fuss about?”, I used to think. However, I’ve recently wanted to share some of my discoveries with family and … Continue reading

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