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I recently went through such an experience,
contacting a distant cousin who did not know
my side of the family. I made contact by calling
on the phone, introducing myself and saying that
I was doing genealogy research, then explaining
how I was related to this cousin.
Good luck -- Dave Lewak, Berkeley CA, USA
Mark Saul wrote:
Please visit the Ukraine SIG web site
I need advice about the personal side of genealogy.
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.
Will a discreet note, mentioning my purposes and also the
above issues, do the trick? If I get no response, should
I cross the name of my list?
I think I need advice >from folks who have been in this
New York, NY
Researching: KAMENIR, RUBENSTEIN: Novograd Volinsky, Zhitomir, Berdichev
LISENCO, KOTANOV: Brailov, Rachni, Mogilev Podolsk
TELISHEVSKY: Gomel', Ekaterinoslav