From Greece to Detroit: A Brief History of the Karatzis Family

From Greece to Detroit: A Brief History of the Karatzis Family

From Greece to Detroit: A Brief History of the Karatzis (Karr) Family.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#119) - The Hanley Homestead at 739 E. Baker Street in Flint, Michigan

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#119) - The Hanley Homestead at 739 E. Baker Street in Flint, Michigan

Here is one from my personal vault. It is a photo taken probably around 1929 at 739 East Baker Street in Flint, Michigan.

German Birth and Baptismal Record of Peter Heinrich Ratz (1867-1935)

German Birth and Baptismal Record of Peter Heinrich Ratz (1867-1935)

Every once in awhile I stumble into an amazing genealogical find. This one pertains to my 2nd great grandfather from Germany, Peter Heinrich Ratz (1867-1934).

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#117) - Postcard (1915) "Fruits and vegetables in abundance of all kinds." San Diego, CA

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#117) - Postcard (1915) "Fruits and vegetables in abundance of all kinds." San Diego, CA

A 1915 postcard from California: “We are in San Diego for a few days. We are having a fine time. We are enjoying every minute. Fruits and vegetables in abundance of all kinds.”

My Grandfather and the Greenlandic Inuit During WWII

My Grandfather and the Greenlandic Inuit During WWII

In May of 1943 my grandfather, James William Halvangis (1920-1973), made his way to Greenland as a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. There he met some of the indigenous people of the island, The Greenlandic Inuit. Here are some of his amazing photographs.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#115) - The Oak Hotel of Presque Isle, Maine

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#115) - The Oak Hotel of Presque Isle, Maine

The Oak Hotel in Presque Isle, Maine was probably the temporary home of my grandparents in the early 1940s. My grandfather, James William Halvangis (1920-1973) was stationed their briefly during WWII.

Little Leo Campbell (1918-1923)

Little Leo Campbell (1918-1923)

This is the story of Little Leo Campbell (1918-1923), my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Pneumonia in Detroit: The Death of 20 Day Old Anna Pawlowski (1918)

Pneumonia in Detroit: The Death of 20 Day Old Anna Pawlowski (1918)

Documenting the lives of children who died is an important role of a family historian. My great aunt Anna Pawlowski (1918-1918) tragically lost her life to pneumonia after only 20 days. This is her story.

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#112) - Hog Island Shipyard

The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#112) - Hog Island Shipyard

This drab industrial looking photograph shows the Hog Island Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I love learning random facts from these found photos! Do you have any Hog Island history in your family tree?

Nebraska Man, Leo Amen, Cuts Off Own Finger To Free Self From Plow (1936)

Nebraska Man, Leo Amen, Cuts Off Own Finger To Free Self From Plow (1936)

In 1936, Leo Marcus Amen (1912-1994), a Nebraskan farmer, was faced with the unenviable task of using a jackknife to amputate his own finger that had become caught in a plow. He is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. This is his story.