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Friday, September 10, 2010

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Brian Lewis

Jenny,
This is a terrific discussion that pulls the entry-level-but-interested family member into a very worthwhile project...for most of us...long put off. I'm going to **try** to convert some of your/my enthusiasm today into a few minutes starting my own family tree. For those celebrating the New Year this week, this fits well into the memorial aspects of the holiday, too. Great job, Jenny.
A fan,
Brian

Brian Lewis

...and: my you are a wonderful writer, Jenny!

Karen

Jenny, I'm really intrigued by this idea. It would be interesting, however, to know if and how these systems approach families who were obliterated by WWII. Do you know if they search outside of the U.S.? My husband is a keen chronicler of his family, many of whom are in Israel today, and we have a tree that dates back (in Europe) to the 18th century. It would be great fun to learn more about the great rabbis in his family who founded Hasidism. Thanks for the idea!

Lyn

I will not click the link.. I will not click the link... I will not click the link... oh who am I kidding? #Euromuttoffspringofmostlypoorwhitepeople

Jenny Vidas

@Brian - awww - you're sweet :-)
@Karen - yes, you can choose between "US" and "international." There are lots and lots of databases that it hooks on to, but I'm sure some databases are more complete than others. You may or may not find it difficult to research your family - or you may find that one part is much easier to trace than another. You may find that people you don't even know, like very distant cousins in Europe, or a Holocaust research organization, might have already done a lot of work and it's all up there already for you to find. Please keep me posted - I'd love to hear what your experience is.

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