The reason for our visit

At nine o’clock in the evening on the sixth of April 1985, Jeremy was sitting at a seder table while the women cleaned up the remains of the dinner. Suddenly diverging from their conversation, Jeremy’s grandfather mentioned that his brother had a first marriage mostly unknown to the family. Jeremy had grown up knowing his great-uncle’s second wife, but this revelation was news and launched Jeremy on a genealogical quest.

Over the ensuing years Jeremy established that his great-uncle and his first wife had a daughter, but failed to find her. In June 2014 he had a breakthrough and was finally able to find the family. The daughter, Leatrice had met and married a Nigerian engineering student, and had gone with him back to his home country where they raised a family. Several years ago some of their children moved to Wales and England, and Leatrice and her husband Charles later immigrated as well.

We went to London for a family reunion and here are the photos.
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Reunion 2 Reunion 3 Reunion 4





Touring London

London on the Thames

View of London from the footbridge
in front of the New Tate Gallery.



Time and Talents Settlement building
The Time and Talents Settlement building, completed in 1908 and designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, was built by an association founded by young women who came to Bemondsey from more prosperous areas and campaigned for issues of girls’ safety at work.


Entrance to Borough Market


Borough Market



Wrought iron at Camden town market





Canal ride from Camden town


Canal boat near Camden Town

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All photos by Jeremy G. Frankel.






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Jeremy and Victoria were in London in April for a family reunion. Here are highlights from their trip. Visit to the Jewish Museum Click on each photo to enlarge  

A good quote

Ben Bradlee was executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. During an interview with Tom Lehrer (broadcast on NPR) Ben said:

“… it changes your life, the pursuit of truth. And at least, if you know that you have tried to find the truth and gone past the first apparent truth towards the
real truth, it’s very exciting.”

That’s what we think about genealogical research.