family history and genealogy

Tag: Los Angeles Public Library

Finding David (Part 2)

My mother and I had long planned to visit the house on North Harper on my next trip to Los Angeles. I was eager to see the site of the accident that took the life of David Lipsy. I thought seeing this place would help me understand the accident. I wanted to see the position of the house, its distance from the curb, and the visibility of the street to oncoming traffic. My mother must have approached this visit with some trepidation. The house on North Harper, after all, does not hold happy memories for her. Continue reading

Finding David (Part 1)

One of the most difficult tasks I’ve faced in researching my family history has been to trace the brief life of my uncle David Lipsy. As I mentioned in another blog post, I had trouble finding any documentary evidence of David’s life because my mother could not remember when he was born or when he had died. Without these dates, my inquiry with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk failed to return any results. Continue reading

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