Re: Asking Family For Information

Glenda Rubin

I've had a similar situation, and maybe group members have some suggestions.

My mother provided reams of information about relatives: names, spouses, even dates of birth.  But, while she knew they were related to my grandparents, she never knew how because it was never explained beyond that they were cousins. So, I have many people in my family tree program who are, orphans, so to speak because I have no way to make a relationship connection. 

I know, generally, you have to go back in time to try to find a connection. Ss we all know, that's not easy for 19th century shtetlach in Ukraine. 


On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 6:34 AM Ellen <lnmp@...> wrote:
It depends on what information you're seeking and whether you already know some of the details. 

When I was a teenager, I sat down with my grandparents and asked about both of their families, putting the names of their parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. in a hand-drawn chart.  They didn't seem to know - or perhaps didn't remember - exactly where their parents came from beyond "Russia" and "Romania."  But the names that my grandparents provided were a great resource when I began researching my family roots many years later.  Not everything they told me was 100% accurate, but it was a good start!

If you already have some information, I agree that you should share what you know and let your relatives make corrections or provide additional details.

Researching WEISSMAN/VAYSMAN (Ostropol, Ukraine); MOROZ and ESTRIN (Shklov & Bykhov, Belarus); LESSER/LESZEROVITZ, MAIMAN, and BARNETT/BEINHART/BERNHART (Lithuania/Latvia); and ROSENSWEIG/ROSENZWEIG, KIRSCHEN, and SCHWARTZ (Botosani, Romania)

Glenda Rubin
San Francisco Bay Area
Researching: STRYZEWSKI, STRAUSS, JANOFSKY, JANOFF, OBODOV, WERNICK, GREENBERG, KROCHAK. Shtetls: Lipovets, Ilintsy, Pliskov, Starokonstantinov, Krasilov

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