I can’t believe I just started this blog yesterday!  It’s nice to have one place where I can store all of the genealogy information have, and even more importantly for me, somewhere where I can easily search for names when I’m looking for them, instead of searching through piles of handwritten papers!

  • The “My Family Tree” link at the top of the page links to the family tree I’ve put together on Ancestry.  It has a lot on it now and I am continuing to update it as I have a LOT of names to add.  Names & birth/death dates are coming first; marriage dates are coming later as they are a bit more difficult to input.  But the outline-style family trees that I’m adding here as blog posts do include that information.
  • I added a “Links” page which contains- what else?- links to publicly accessible online information about my ancestors.  This does not include anything you need to pay to access, so, no Ancestry links.  (There’s a lot of cool stuff on here!!)

Those are the two main additions since yesterday.  More is always coming, because there’s always more to learn.  Again, if you’re related to any of the people mentioned on this site, please get in touch!


I’ve been researching my family’s genealogy on and off for years.  Recently, I got more serious about it and in the process, was able to quickly find out a lot of information thanks to both (free access at my public library- yea!) and some papers that my dad found, which had been passed on to him from his grandmother.

The lines I am currently researching are the following:

  • COWEN (Bennett m. Bertha Semmel)
  • DESENBERG (Bernard/Bernhart L. m. Bertha L. Schuster)

These are the generations that immigrated to the United States.  They are my great-great-great grandparents, born in the 1830-40s.  Bennett and Bertha COWEN had 6 children.  Bernard and Bertha DESENBERG had 3.

Further back, I am also researching:

  • DESENBERG (Bernard m. Ester Katzensten and their sons Jacob, Hertz (m. Marinne Rosenstein) and Levy (m. Adeline aka Adel))

Bernard and Ester were the grandparents of Bernard and Bertha DESENBERG whom I listed above.  All three brothers- Jacob, Hertz, and Levy- had many children, so that part of the family is huge & I would love to get in touch with anyone who can trace their lineage back to them.

Over the next few days & weeks I will be entering a lot of the information I have on my genealogy and with that will come a list of all the surnames on my tree.  That will eventually be searchable, as well.

If you have any information related to any of the people on my family tree, please reach out to me using the information on the Contact Aliyah page.