Here is what I knew. My mother, Sally Segall Greenfield, had a first cousin, Ruth Leibovitz, who was one of her closest friends. I knew Ruth, I knew her sister, Lillian, and I knew Ruth's mother, Aunt Jennie. Through all my growing up years I never wondered where Uncle Somebody was! Perceptive kid, eh? Now I am starting to create a family tree and some empty spots began to appear. Why was Aunt Jennie's name Leibovitz? Where did that come from? Well, some searching and my maternal grandmother's maiden name was -- Leibovitz (Leibovici). Granma must have had a brother.
Since this search I have been sending a message to all of my nieces, nephews, grandchildren and the children of friends. Here is the message. ASK QUESTIONS! Ask you grandparents to write names on the back of old pictures. Let your grandparents and parents tell you their stories and, if you can, record those stories. You will never be sorry to have those artifacts; you will only be sorry if you don't.