Sunday, November 7, 2010

JewishGen Success Story

After 10 years on JewishGen, this year, 2010, has been a triple header. I discovered a new branch of my family tree on my dad's side and another branch on my mom's.

On My Dad's Family Tree:
Yael contacted me during her first week on JewishGen. We were both researching the same town and surname (my maiden name). I could not confirm the connection, until she sent me the photos. The first photo was quite familiar to me, since I had the identical photo in my own photo album. It was my brother's Bar Mitzvah photo from 1959. The second photo was a family photo with me in it as a gawky 13 year old. That's when we knew we were cousins.

Discovering Yael was perfectly timed. Since I was having my family over to celebrate my son's college graduation, we planned a Skye session to introduce Yael and her twin boys to my family.


  1. Dear Beverly,
    We are so glad to hear of your success with JewishGen. May we have permission to repost this on the JewishGen Blog (

    Please email

    The JewishGen Team

  2. yes I hope this story inspires other researchers. It took me 10+ years on JewishGen to find a connection. And I have found 3 connections within 6 weeks from May to June 2010. Yael was the first connection on my dad's side. This was especially sweet since I could not find any records for my dad's ancestors online. Although I found lots of records for my mom's ancestors.