When Leopold met Lena: marriage, divorce and deception in 1892
First came love, then came marriage—but on the heels of the baby in the baby carriage came accusations of adultery and two trials in New York City’s Court of Common Pleas. The unexpected discovery of a divorce decree in the 1890s New York Times “News of the Courts” leads to scandal-ridden court transcripts held at the NYC municipal archives and revelations of a family secret. Beginning in Czestochowa, Poland and Cracow, Austria and continuing on to Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Little Rock, Arkansas--the tumultuous, romantic and litigious world of our immigrant ancestors is brought to life in court records, graveyard inscriptions, newspaper articles, city directories, census and vital records. Enjoy the ride as "Besser v. Besser" is deconstructed and learn how present-day genealogical research can be used to solve 19th century mysteries.
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