Facebook as a genealogical resource #general


Bob Kosovsky
 

I'm sure many of us either use or have heard about Facebook. But
I don't think I've seen mention of Facebook as a genealogical resource.
I'm personally not terribly fond of Facebook but use it because others
do.

Back in 1993-4, I had a brief correspondence with an emigrant >from
Belarus, living in Australia. He wrote to me solely because of my
surname, wondering if we were related. I didn't have the answer then,
so our correspondence broke off. When I tried to contact him a few
years later, he had apparently moved and I my letters returned unopened.

With the advent of the web, I kept searching for him every 6 months,
to no avail. I tried online city and phone directories of Australia
with no luck.

Then a few months ago I thought I would try Facebook. Bingo. He was
there. Now I know he is a relative (my 4th cousin) and exchanged lots
of new information with him. He has a knack for just going to people
and asking about relationships, so he was able to find even more distant
relatives on Facebook. And he was able to confirm relatives out of
people of whom I had only suspicions.

So finding him was a treat: I not only found that he was related,
but that he had found other people where I had not.

In short, Facebook can be a powerful tool for seeking people.

Bob Kosovsky, New York City, seeking any and all permutations/locations of:
KASOFSKI/Y, KASOVSKI/Y, KASOWSKI/Y, KOSOFSKY, KOSOVSKY, KOSOWSKY, etc.
KOSOW, KOSSOVE, etc. and other derivatives; >from Slutsk: GELFAND, DAVIDSON;
Klodawa: JARET(T), JARETSKY, JARECKI, KOLSKY/I; Przedecz: PIFKO, PIWKO

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