William Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

The Wallace Monument, just outside Stirling, Scotland, was erected 500 years after the death of William Wallace (aka Braveheart). His memory looms large in the history of Scotland. He was cruelly and torturously killed at the Tower of London in 1305 at the age of 35, accused of treason by Edward I, King of England. […]

The Locals Help in Bacup, Lancashire

Ken and Michelle’s England adventure continued on August 9 with a long drive up from West Sussex up to Lancashire, in the north of England. We stayed at a small hotel buried in trees on a bluff overlooking the industrial town of Burnley. The next morning, bright and sunny, we drove a short distance out […]

From Dallas, Texas to Barcombe, East Sussex

Part of Michelle Frumin’s surprise trip to Europe included five nights in England. Her ancestry is split between a village in Alsace, France; a village in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and then villages in West Sussex and Lancashire, England. We flew to England from Frankfurt on Lufthansa and once there, picked up a car (now we’re driving […]

Ancestral Visit to Rumbach, Germany

Michelle Frumin had long wanted to visit her ancestral villages in Germany, Alsace and England. So it was a very exciting day when we entered Rumbach, Germany on the morning of August 6. Waiting for us with open arms was Andrea Kindelberger, a local historian and genealogist who we soon found out was Michelle’s cousin, […]

Making A Connection with Ancestral Visit to Cleebourg, Alsace, France

Ken Frumin had a great idea for a surprise birthday present for his wife, Michelle. He bought her a trip to Germany and England to walk where her ancestors walked. The most incredible part is that Ken arranged the trip in February and held the secret for three months without spilling the beans, right up […]

Ancestral Discoveries in Waldgirmes and Breidenbach, Germany

Caroline Gries had waited a long time for her trip to ancestral Germany. During the actual trip, what she looked forward to most of all was her visit to Waldgirmes, where she and her brother had already established contact with a local authority who is very knowledgeable about Jewish ancestry there. We arrived at exactly […]

Wallerstein’s Jewish Past

The hamlet of Wallerstein near the larger town of Noerdlingen has an interesting past, having once had a very large castle and many Jewish inhabitants. In fact, the synagogue once stood on the main road passing through town, which was unusual as synagogues were usually tucked away in a distinctly Jewish neighborhood. Unfortunately, the 1970s […]

On the Ancestral Trail in Ansbach, Franconia, Germany

Two avid historians helped us with getting access to the Jewish sites in Ansbach, Germany. We met Alexander Biernoth and his friend Stefan Giestzinger on a frigid mid-April morning. Both were extremely well-prepared, opening the historic Jewish Synagogue for us at the start of our walking tour of the center of this historic small city. […]