Thanks Gina - yes - who would have thougt this letter would surface after 72 years!
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, Gina <Gina.PhilsPhan@...> wrote:
> > This should be encouraging to all of us - never give up!
> > Martha
> I wanted to add my own message to yours Martha, as I had pretty much given
> up on believing I had any living paternal family members left in our
> motherland or in any other parts of the world after I had posted my family
> names on every appropriate genealogy site and group I could find, but never
> heard a thing. I even became a paid member of Ancestry.com with little luck.
> I started using my maiden name (Drosdak) before my married name, especially
> when I sign or post comments online, in hopes this might help, but I STILL
> never had anyone contact me. Ironically, about 2 years ago I had posted a
> simple comment about a YouTube video that someone from Poland posted from
> the Carpathian Mountains. I even forgot all about it after 2 years! Well,
> about 6 months ago, I received an email message from a man in Poland who
> said he had a friend with the name Drozdiak, who also came from Bogusza (I
> obviously mentioned this in my comment). He asked if it would be OK if he
> told him about my post. Of course I said YES!! Well, it turns out that we
> ARE related. Unfortunately, Teodozy does not speak any English, but this
> friend of his is happy to act as our interpreter and we have been in contact
> quite often ever since and have shared pictures and other information. He
> told me he has a sister in Canada and we, too, have been in contact. She
> speaks 'broken' English, but is quite easy to understand (it brought back
> memories of my Baba). She informed me about another relative we have in
> Canada and she was going to contact him to let him know about me. She does
> not use a computer (she is in her 80's and said she has no one around to
> teach her), so it may take awhile until I hear from this other relative (if
> he is even interested enough to contact me). If I don't hear from him, I
> will ask Maria for his contact information the next time we talk and try to
> make contact with him.
> Bottom line is that I'd like to echo Martha's advice to those who might be
> feeling discouraged--'Never give up!' I never could have imagined that a
> simple comment I posted on YouTube would be responsible in connecting me
> with family--and after 2 years yet!!!
> Good luck to everyone searching,
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