Posted by Phyllis Kramer

The July 2010 edition of the
JewishGen Success! Stories webzine can now be accessed by clicking here.

 Meredith Hoffman and Nancy Siegel have worked with the authors to edit these stories of ancestor and family connections made through JewishGen -- the kinds of success stories we regularly read about on the JewishGen mailing lists and discussion groups.

Several years ago, JewishGen Vice President Michael Tobias played a critical role in one of our more intriguing stories of reconnection – literally thanks to JewishGen. Michael tells of the startling coincidences and the exciting role that he played in bringing together two cousins who had last seen one another in 1940, and who each had reason to believe that the other had perished in the Holocaust.

Geoff Isaacs and Laurie Rappeport tell two sides of another fascinating, and different, story of discovery and connection. In his sixties when he first learned the truth about his origins, Geoff traveled from New Zealand to the UK searching for more information. Then, using the JewishGen Family Finder, Geoff connected with Laurie, who’d waited ten years to find any others researching her great-grandfather’s family of Birmingham, England. The cousins met, and the story ends with a satisfying twist.

Four brief stories in “From Our Mailbox...” highlight successes made using the JewishGen Family Finder and the JewishGen discussion lists from Debbie Kopstein Burr, Judith Elam, Edmond Cohen, and Rachelle Leaf Berliner.

Do you have a similar success story? We would love to publish it! Please send us a note by clicking here.

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