|Kandel Sisters: Bella Kandel Lieberman, |
Alte Sara Kandel Apple, Chana Kandel Goldenberg
with Harry Apple
This conference was extra special because I connected with cousins on a branch of my tree where I had no personal connections. I had arranged to meet on Monday with my local cousin who I had corresponded with some years before and who had finally provided me with identification of the wonderful photo above of my great-grandmother Bella Lieberman with her sisters and nephew. That had been in my "Who am I?" file for many years. This cousin is descended from both Alte Sarah and Chana as her parents were cousins. We had planned for dinner and a three-hour meeting before my 7:30 session that night. Once we started talking, we clicked, and my meeting was ignored in her favor. We walked around downtown while we talked and she showed me some of her favorite places in Cleveland. In addition to providing me with family information, she put me on the phone with another cousin in Boston. She came back to the conference as planned on Thursday to hear my talk, and brought photos, papers, and other information on her side of the family. After another few hours, I did have to leave to attend the banquet. Hearing that I was done with the conference by 11AM on Friday, but my flight wasn't until the evening, she arranged to pick me up on Friday for lunch with another local cousin and his wife. We all had a great time sharing stories about the family and looking at photos. They also agreed to take DNA tests and join my family DNA project (I had bought three kits at the conference so I had them handy). Since then, she has contacted several more cousins on her line, connected me with them on Facebook and e-mail, and gotten agreement for several more DNA test kits that I will mail out to the happy recipients. A genealogy goldmine, and a new group of friends.
I can't wait for next year's conference in San Diego! There are cousins there, too!