04 September 2009

Book Review - Bringing Your Family History to Life through Social History

Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History by Katherine Scott Sturdevant






My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Very informative book on looking at one's family history through the eyes of an historian. Especially like the sections on family photographs and writing letters! I wish this book wasn't out-of-print! I would love to have a copy for reference!

02 September 2009

Book Review - Stories Grandma Never Told

Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California by Sue Fagalde Lick






My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book follows the lives of Portuguese immigrants (all are women) and their daughters. It covers the culture, education, language, and careers of these women. It was a great read for me since I am of Portuguese descent to try to understand what these women were like and what it was like to move to a new country and learn a new language. I never realized what strong work ethic they had and what resilient people they were and are. It certainly makes me proud of my heritage. It also has a great bibliography so that I can find more books on the subject.

Wordless Wednesday

This is a picture of my grandfather, Herman Rienerth (2nd from right) and his brothers and sister. Left to right: Hilda Rienerth, Paul Rienerth, Herman Rienerth, Karl Rienerth. c 1915. The location the picture was taken is unknown, but is possibly Ohio as this is where they lived.