I am once again at a crossroads in my genealogy research. I have, for now, found as much as I can find about the children of Levi Schoenthal and Henriette Hamberg. And I have also exhausted, for now, the resources available for learning about the family of Amalia Hamberg. There are more Hambergs and Schoenthals to research, however. Levi Schoenthal had (at least) two sisters—Mina who married Marcus Rosenberg and Fradchen (Fanny), who married Simon Goldschmidt. Both sisters immigrated to the US and settled at least for some time in western Pennsylvania. I have written about them some, but there is much more to do.
There is also a lot more to do with the family of Henriette Hamberg, my great-great-grandmother. Although I have written about some of the other Hambergs—Amalia, Charles/Baruch, Abraham, and Moses—who came to the US in the 19th century, there were many more who stayed in Germany, and their family story is one I need to research more deeply and write about. It won’t be an easy one to research or to share.
And then there is also some additional information about my Seligmann relatives that has more recently come to light.
On my mother’s side, I have done a fair amount of work on the Goldfarb family, but have yet had a chance to write about them. They were the cousins I discovered when my cousin shared with me my aunt’s baby book and my grandfather’s notebook. I have been hoping to get to their story for quite a while, but wanted some closure on the Schoenthal family first.
And then there are my remaining two great-great-grandparents on my father’s side—Gerson Katzenstein and Eva Goldschmidt, parents of my great-grandmother Hilda Katzenstein, who married Isidore Schoenthal.
First, I have a few sad notices to post about recent losses in the family. And then? Where do I go next?
Do I finish the Schoenthals by focusing on Fanny and Mina? Do I complete the Hamberg line?
Do I turn back temporarily to the Seligmanns and fill in a few gaps?
Or should I move on to my next two paternal lines, the Katzensteins and Goldschmidts?
Or do I turn to something on my mother’s side—-the Goldfarbs?
This is why people say you are never finished with your family history. As for where I turn next, I am going to give it some thought and see where I land. The compulsive side of me says stick with the Schoenthals until I am done. The less compulsive side (there is no non-compulsive side) says break free, don’t be so logical, jump to something else. Let’s see which side wins.