I stumbled on this article yesterday. It’s probably old news to many of you, but in the event not, I thought I would share the link here: “A long obscured branch on John Kerry’s family tree: More Jewish forebears, more tragedy” by Michael Kranish (Boston Globe, October 13, 2013).
As tragic as they are, it’s so important to see stories such as this one coming out of the shadows and into the light so that family lines can be connected and the history of our ancestors remembered properly. Thank heavens for all those genealogists and family historians out there who are working so diligently to connect the dots.
The fact that some of our ancestors may have changed their names doesn’t always cross our minds. I’ve found one instance of this in my family tree (Slaymaker to Sargent, ca. 1870; so, no, dear family members, we can’t possibly be related to American painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)! :-(). How about you? Any surname surprises in your family tree?
PS: For another blog post in a similar vein, see this past post.