Seeking Family History in Tallinn, Estonia

It is not very often that you have the opportunity to walk in your ancestors footsteps. My Grandmother, who is honestly my favourite person on earth, was born and raised in Nõmme, a village located on the outskirts of Tallinn. During WW2, Tallin was raided, bombed and many Estonians had to flee into Germany to survive.

here Then a separate town from the city itself (but now considered part of Tallinn) was established by a “mad duke” Nikolai von Glehn and was, in the 1930’s, an area for working class Estonian families. The ‘garden suburb’ of Nõmme is where my Grandmother’s house was located- and I was determined to see where her childhood memories of skiing, tobogganing and climbing tree’s came to be. My Grandmother’s brother, Tom, had written a story about their childhood and his days fighting in the war, so I had a lot of information about the old days and new where to begin- their little house on Sihi street.

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My grandmother could not come with me, as she is now 84 years old and in Australia, so I had to ensure that Tom and Gran could come with me to their home village.

site de rencontre texas Guided by a local and great man, Peep, he told me stories of the village and how their was a famous Duke who had decided to build his castle overlooking the sea, and wanted to build a giant channel to the Baltic sea- a total of 8km away and uphill (so, impossible). The Castle has since been reconstructed and it overlooks the skii area in which was detailed in Tom’s story.

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Next I was taken into the heart of Nõmme where the town market still stands. The simple, kind people of Nõmme are not hassled by busy life, they take things slow and enjoy the simple things- like nature and fresh foods. The lifestyle here is truly inspiring and I soon realised where the traits I love most about my Gran originated.

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