Cousin Bait Hooks Another One … Sort Of. — 10 Comments

  1. Congrats, Jenny! It’s so exciting to see the blog is “doing it job”! Keep up the good work! Can’t wait to hear what you learn from this lady. She must have had a special relationship with your grandfather to ask for her lawyer to look him up! So cool!

    • How romantic would that be? One of my dad’s first girlfriends posted a photo in facebook and asked if anyone knew him or his wear abouts. I came across it looking for photos of my grandfather. He looked so young in the photo she posted and I had no idea who she was, so of course I didn’t want to give him away. I checked with him first, and he was so excited, so I put them together. They have now reconnected and become friends. It was very cool!

  2. What a wonderful story, Smadar! Unfortunately, mine can come to no such conclusion, given that my grampa has been dead for 23 years, but it will certainly be interesting to unravel this mystery 🙂

  3. It is amazing how easy it is getting to find people! A lawyer with Google can find your blog. Wow! I’m glad you were careful — for some people, the enthusiasm might have made them rush to contact. And now your aunt has his yearbook. People are becoming more and more able to span the years.

    Just in the pass two months I’ve had two second cousins find me. One found me by blog, and the other by email. They knew my name because some family member had passed my family history book to them — but I did not know either one of them, and now I’m corresponding with them.

    Fortunately, they wanted to give information to me (old family stories and documents for archives) rather than take information from me. I feel lucky.

    It seems as if privacy is disappearing these days, which can be both wonderful and terrible. When I’m at my computer, I just try to write everything as if I were writing for the front page of a newspaper . . . even those are fast disappearing.

    You have some more exciting discoveries ahead, I hope! Your Grampa looks like a nice guy, both young and old. I see a sense of humor in that half-smile.

  4. Thanks for commenting, Marriann! I am careful, and fortunately (as a paralegal), I have access to ways of verifying lawyers are who they say they are, so I wasn’t too worried. As a matter of fact, I received a call from this wonderful lady this afternoon – but that’s for another blog post. Suffice it to say, I am confident that she presents no danger. I just wish my grampa was still alive.

    I think it’s wonderful that you’ve found 2 cousins who are generous with their information and stuff. It’s rare that they find you, and even rarer that they are willing to share!

    … and you’re right – he had a wicked sense of humor.

  5. So cool! I have tons of my grandmother’s stuff and she has so many photos of what appears to have been her best friend. I found someone researching this BFF on ancestry and sent them a message offering to share photos. Sadly, I never heard back from them. But your story gives me inspiration to try agin! I can’t wait to hear about your conversation with the woman.

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