Naomi unlocked a door for our family. What we found behind it was beyond our greatest hopes. From knowing only the name of my great-grandfather, we now have many details about him and his 8 siblings, their parents and even their grandparents.
With Naomi’s help, I have contacted about 20 new family members, all distant cousins who had no idea there were more of us. We’re all in touch now on a private Facebook group and we’ve had video calls. Stories and photos are emerging every week, filling in more details about the descendants of these Polish Jews who emigrated to America in the late 1800s.
I was even able to put one cousin in touch with her stepmother and through that she now has access to her own baby photos which her stepmother had been saving for her.
What started as a journey into the past is living on with family connections in the here and now. I originally got in touch with Naomi to research a book I’m writing, so look out for that in 2018!