Welcome to the website for my memoir Illuminating Family. I have been living with the idea of writing this book for almost fifty years and the decade spent researching and writing it has been exhilarating. The challenging process included two unforgettable and fruitful trips to Spain and opened doors to unexpected contributions from many, including family members from both sides of the Atlantic.


Many would ask about my purpose of spending so much time trying to better know  my ancestors. My answer is “to enrich and enhance the knowledge of who we are.”


In addition to being a powerful family document, Illuminating Family recounts and uncovers the adventures and riddles of a complex family. It also brings to light such universal human conditions as adversity, grit, survival, identity, and ultimately success.