Well it's been almost a month since my last post so I guess it's time to do some catching up. Quite a bit has happened. After getting in touch with Rachel Bernstein, a genealogy researcher, I discovered I have three previously unknown second cousins scattered around the US. All are grandchildren of my grandfather Solomon's brother, Joe Dershowitz.
Maimoona Ahmed (Myrna Mintz, daughter of Sylvia Dershowitz Mintz) lives in California in the East Bay with her husband Nazeer. She has 2 children, Ameena and Akbar, the same ages as mine. We have spoken on the phone and find we have much in common, especially family. Maimoona was able to bring a whole different perspective to my Dersh*witz family search. A couple bits of history that were especially interesting to me were her mention of her great-grandmother, Mindel Frey and that Joe Dershowitz was born in Bobowa. This provided a cross check that the birth registration I had found for Biene Marjem Dersiewicz, daughter of Aron Dersiewicz and Emilie Frei of Labowa was indeed the missing link in confirming my great-grandfather's identity. I will be travelling down to the Bay Area in July and plan to meet Maimoona and her family then.
Karen Sandler (daughter of Blanche Dershowitz Mironov) lives in Pennsylvannia. I got her hooked up through Skype and we have chatted a bit. Also found out about Gregory Dersh (son of Marcus Dersh(owitz)) living in Des Moines, Iowa. Maimoona recently reconnected with him. He is one of the few directly descended male Dersh*witzs.
What started out as a search for Dersh*witz roots has blossomed into a discovery of family here and now. What a pleasant surprise.......