Tag Archives: Philadelphia

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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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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