First, thank you, Judy, for setting up the blog and putting up with all my confusion and questions as I struggled to figure out how to post pictures, text and documents here. I still am not very good at this, and I am still trying to figure out how to move pictures around and to make things look better, but I decided that if I wait until it is perfect, no one will ever see it.
The blog is organized into separate pages: one for Joseph and Bessie and their story, documents and pictures, and then separate pages for each of the children we know of to this point: Max. Herman, Tilly, Gussie, Frieda and Sam. On each page there are pictures and documents relating to that child and his/her descendants. Obviously, I have the most pictures of Gussie’s line, but I am hoping that the rest of you will supply pictures of your grandparents, parents, siblings, children, etc. I haven’t finished posting all I have for Gussie, but I wanted to get this out.
As for what’s next, I am still working to find out the name of the towns where Joseph and Bessie came from. We know that they were cousins and likely did not live in the same town, but aside from one reference on Herman’s naturalization application to “Jeekief,” we have no information about where they lived in Galicia.
I also am still trying to determine whether we have a direct relation to the Brotmans of Brotmanville, NJ, or to Abraham Brotman of Brooklyn, for whom Max was the witness on his naturalization papers.
I have tried to protect the privacy of anyone living, so I have left it to you to identify your birthdates, your spouses, your children, grandchildren, etc., more specifically than I have.
Please give feedback! You can post comments or you can email me or Judy directly if you have pictures or documents to post.
ENJOY! I will post more about my research and what this process has been like for me. I also still hope to meet some of my long lost cousins some time before too long.