Re: reaching out to family #ukraine


TerryOstrach <terryostrach@...>
 

You're so fortunate to have this information. Most of it is lost to other
families who have no idea where to begin looking for relatives.

If it's possible, you might try phoning first. I did both letters and phone
calls, and the phone calls worked best, especially when you consider that
these people are probably advanced in years. If the people you intend to
contact are in their 70s or 80s, they may rather talking than doing the
boring task of writing. In my experience, the older the person I contacted
by phone, the more information they gave me. I'd have nothing about my
husband's family at all if I hadn't made a phone call to his 82 year old
aunt who was so thrilled to receive the call, she invited me to call back
regularly. Same with a 90 year old. In fact, both of them gave me
anecdotes that were wonderful for the family history.

One thing you may not have considered. Start first with your own brothers
and sisters and ask them what they remember your own parents telling telling
them. I found that my brother, being 7 years older than I, had an entirely
different set of memories about the stories our father told him.

Good luck,


Terry {Ostrach}

I have lists of names, and even addresses, of distant
relatives in America whom I would like to contact. My
grandparents knew their grandparents, my parents
corresponded with their parents, but time has passed
and I don't know them or their adult children.
I would like to make contact, ask about extant documents,
old memories, or traditions. But I don't want to be seen
as invading their privacy.

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