I will post tomorrow morning about the town in Germany where my Seligman ancestors were born and what I learned about my family by researching that small town called Gau-Algesheim. But for now—I have three events to recognize.
First, it was a year ago today that my cousin Judy set up the blog and I made my first blog post. It had no text—just a posting of my great-grandmother’s death certificate. I was learning how to use WordPress, and I don’t even know if anyone saw that post other than Judy and me. I didn’t actually post anything substantive until October 4 when I wrote my first post about what to expect from the blog. But I will always celebrate September 23 as my “blogiversary” for another very good reason. September 23 was my grandmother Gussie Brotman Goldschlager’s birthday. She would have been 119 this year.
So happy birthday, Grandma, and happy blogiversary to me! Thank you all for being with me on this journey. I can’t believe in a year that I have made so much progress in learning about my mother’s family and my father’s family, although I am humbled by how much more I have to learn.
And there is another reason for posting today. Tomorrow night is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. So it is not only the beginning of a new year for me with my blogging and genealogy adventures, it is a time for being thankful for all our blessings and for being reflective about the year that has gone by and the year to come. So let me reflect for a moment on this past year.
First and foremost, this year has brought the miracle of more children into the family. I am particularly grateful for the birth of my grandson Remy, now over three months old, a happy, smiling baby with a sweet and calm disposition. Two of my cousins also had new grandchildren this year, and perhaps there were others I don’t even know about yet who have enlarged our family tree.
Second, I am grateful for the continuing presence in my life of my family—both my immediate family and my extended family—and for all my friends who are like family to me. I wish for you all a new year of good health, peace of mind, gratitude for all you have, and joyfulness.
Third, I want to thank and recognize all my genealogy friends—fellow bloggers, Facebook genealogy group members, the people at JewishGen.org and JRI Poland and Gesher Galicia, and, of course, Renee Steinig, my mentor who has inspired me and taught me so much. May we all continue to work together to break down brick walls, to find our roots, and to honor our ancestors as best we can.
Shana Tova to you all! May you all be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year, and may it be a sweet year for everyone.