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  • Writer's pictureJessica Feinstein

About my blog

I started my blog when my grandson Ari was born in Feb 2017. His birth gave me an opportunity to focus on part of what has become an unmanageably large family tree, looking again at all the records I have and searching for new ones. And now I have a granddaughter, Eva, and she may also want to know about her ancestors one day.

I quickly realized that focusing on individuals in this way helped me notice things I hadn’t noticed before – small details, as well as gaps and inconsistencies.

I know at least a little bit about 586 of Ari's direct ancestors (this figure was 370 when I started the blog!). They lived in places as far afield as: Memel (now Klaipeda) in Lithuania; Grafton Flyford in Worcestershire; Middleton by Wirksworth in Derbyshire; Corfe Castle in Dorset; Barrowden in Rutland; Kalisz in Poland; Svencionys in Lithuania; Johannesburg, South Africa; Gritsev in Ukraine; Parichi in Belarus; Fonthill Bishop in Wiltshire; and Hurstbourne Tarrant in Hampshire.

I will post about all of these people if I can, to try to bring them to life for Ari and Eva.

The information and stories are just from the documents in my possession or from records I have found while compiling the family tree. If you are also descended from Ari’s ancestors, please feel free to comment on the blog or contact me directly to share your memories.

And you can follow me @genealogy_edu

Photos of locations are my own unless indicated otherwise.

If you have come to this page while searching for Feinsteins, please see my one-name-study at

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