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A New Branch on the Family Tree

By Marsha Epstein

“I taped the discussion of their memories about each other's families … which gave me a better understanding of the family dynamics and personalities of my father's family.”

Following in the Footsteps of Jüte Horn and Chaim Teichman

By Marla Raucher Osborn

“Back in Jerusalem, I turned my focus to Chaim, wanting to learn more about his life after making Aliyah in 1933.”

A Mystery Photo Leads to an Amazing Discovery

By Wendy Werner

“I wanted to know, did Salomon survive the war? If so, did he make it out of Germany before the start of the Holocaust?”

Connecting With My Cousin via JewishGen

By Lowell N. Halpern

“After exchanging information for several months, we came to the conclusion that we were truly cousins. Since then we have accounted for common relatives reaching back to 1739!”

EDITORS' NOTE - August 2014

This issue includes four stories of success. While JewishGen’s Family Finder plays a key role in two of the stories, our researchers also made use of other helpful resources, discovering their families in Belarus, Germany, Israel, and the United States.

Marsha Epstein connects with a cousin from an unknown branch of her family after posting the family name on JewishGen’s Family Finder database.

Marla Raucher Osborn continues her quest to learn about her great-grand-aunt Jüte Horn, and her husband Chaim Teichman, by traveling to Israel and following in their footsteps.

Wendy Werner finds a postcard of a World War I soldier in a box of her grandmother’s old photographs. Her curiosity about this soldier leads her to learn his fate and connect with previously unknown family in Israel.

Lowell N. Halpern posts the names of his great-great-grandparents on JewishGen’s Family Finder and a week later hears from a woman who shares the same great-great-grandparents. Together they are able to account for common relatives back to 1739.

We hope these stories inspire you to use JewishGen’s many resources, supporting you in your efforts to expand your knowledge and connect with family. We wish you success and encourage you to send us your stories.

Nancy Siegel, Editor                                                            Anna Blanchard, Webmaster
San Francisco, California                                                  Saint Louis, Missouri


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