JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen A Success Story #general

Meryl Goldberg <meryl-chicago@...>

How to begin. First of all let me thank Hadassah Lipsius of JRI-Poland for
all her help in the past year trying to track down my family >from Warsaw.
Second of all, let me tell all of you not to give up. The littlest clue
will lead you to treasure. A little over a year ago I started to put
together a book for my family on our history. I knew quite a bit about
my mgm's family and where they came >from in the Ukraine. My mgf's family
was a mystery to me. I knew he had been born in Warsaw around 1890 but
that was about it. I knew he had brothers and sisters but for some reason
we had no contact with them for over 50 yrs. Our original name was
Gerkowicz but it had been changed to Gerrick. Through the phone book and
then Jewishgen I had located family in the Chicago area where I am >from
and in Texas and California. That in itself was a blessing but there was
more to come.

My Chicago cousin told me about one of my grandfather's brothers that
hadn't immigrated to U.S. when the rest of the family did. He had stayed
in Warsaw. None of my grandfather's daughters had ever heard of this
brother but my cousin was sure he existed. I tried to track him down
through JRI-Poland with Hadassah's help but to no avail. I did find a
listing for him in the Warsaw cemetery but there the lead ended. One day
surfing the net I came across the Holocaust Memorial site in Washington,
D.C. As a last chance I sent them an e-mail asking if they had anyone
registered there by the name of Gerkowicz >from Warsaw. They e-mailed me
back that they had one man registered. They couldn't tell me any more but
sent me a form to fill out that they would then send to him. If he wanted
to contact me, he would. This was a few months ago. Well...this man
called a few weeks ago and he is my cousin. His father was my
grandfather's brother. He is 86 yrs old and a wonderful man. I sent him
a letter with pictures of our family. This morning his daughter called
me. They are so excited that we contacted them.
Hopefully we will get together in the coming months.

The point is...don't give up. Follow every clue and idea that you have.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. This will be the best one that I
have ever had.

Meryl Goldberg


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