Category Archives: Family history

The Manitoba Archives – Destination Vacation

I went to Weston Elementary School when I was little and living on Gallagher Avenue in Winnipeg.  One of my strongest memories from grade three was the start of creative writing.  Our teacher would cut out pictures from magazines and … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Early History of Winnipeg’s North End

I am delighted that Jewish Book Month will bring me back to Winnipeg for a special evening of stories, music and nostalgia.  Join me and the fabulously talented singer, Jane Enkin, on Nov. 22nd at the Rady Centre for the … Continue reading

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Armstrong’s Point: Home to Ravenscraig Hall

Armstrong’s Point is among my favourite neighbourhoods in Winnipeg and was the ideal choice for the location of the fictional home Ravenscraig Hall in my novel Ravenscraig. Tucked into a bend in the Assiniboine River, the lush landscape and expansive lawns … Continue reading

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Family Research Leads to Writing Ravenscraig

I have a real fascination with old black and white pictures.  I am especially interested in photos of people I know, but can spend days looking into any antique photo collection to learn about how people lived their lives generations … Continue reading

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Ravenscraig Review: “Ravenscraig” provides fascinating insight into early Jewish migration to Winnipeg

With four weeks on the bestseller list in Winnipeg, Ravenscraig, is finding an audience among both family history enthusiasts as well as people who have a fascination with the Titanic and Winnipeg’s connection to the great disaster. I am grateful and … Continue reading

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Winnipeg Jewish Review Praises Ravenscraig: “The Story of My Own Family”

I am very grateful and overwhelmed by the early response to Ravenscraig.  What a fantastic week in Winnipeg. We were delighted to learn Ravenscraig made it to the top of the McNally Robinson best seller list for paperback fiction by … Continue reading

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Titanic’s “Unknown Child”

A small pair of brown shoes that were hidden away in a police sergeant’s desk in 1912 have provided the deciding clue to the identity of Titanic’s “Unknown Child”. Scientists and Titanic students have been searching for irrefutable DNA evidence … Continue reading

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Stalwart Peasants in Sheepskin Coats

Ukrainian-speaking peasants from Eastern Europe were not anywhere near the preferred list of immigrants wanted by Canada in the early 1890s. English, French and American farmers were the top choice. But, the government had a huge problem.  Not enough of … Continue reading

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Korinchikeh – Ukrainian for “Little Roots”

My sisters and I have hands like our great grandmother. I know this, not because I remember her so well, but because I can see her work-worn hands resting quietly in her lap in a photograph that was taken in … Continue reading

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Remembering Gallagher Avenue

Today is my birthday. I laughed out loud this morning when my teenage daughter called from university to tell me I now qualify as a “senior” and advised that my husband and I should rush out to an early bird … Continue reading

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