JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Disinterest of Family Members #general

Diane Jacobs <kingart@...>

I also would love to hear how he found a connection to Abraham Lincoln. I
can still remember how I got hooked. It was my first attempt at archival
research and I was sitting in the Reading Room at the NY Jewish Genealogy
Conference in August l999. I was thumbing through Glazier's Migration
from the Russian Empire when by looking through the March l888 passenger
lists I found my Singman family listed under Schumkav. I had remembered
that my grandfather said he came during the Great Blizzard of '88 and knew
he came with a number of siblings. I checked every entry with more than
four children and there they were. I almost leaped out of my chair and
shouted and I kept looking at it in disbelief trying to find out if I made
an error as I checked each of the seven children's names. No one in my
large Singman family ever knew the name >from Lithuania before I found it
and people had tried to find it. I walked on air for the rest of the day.

Diane Jacobs
New York

I think all of this on this group empathize with you; we have all been
in your situation. It is sometimes difficult to be the only one in your
family jumping up and down with joy when you have made a discovery. Many
years ago I attended a lecture given by Arthur Kurzwiel, who told a story
when he first began his research. He was sitting in an archive when
someone jumped up shouting, thrilled that they had just discovered a
connection with their family and Abraham Lincoln. At the time, he didn't
understand what they were so excited about.

All of us on this group enjoy hearing how others have made wonderful
connections. This is the heart and soul of genealogy and why we do it.
Remember that you can always share it with us, your "other" family!

Carol Rombro Rider
Baltimore, Maryland

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