- 07:30 PM
- February 13, 2017
More than twenty years before Israel Pickholtz began doing serious genealogy, his father senthim a postcard with three bits of family information. One of those was that Israel's great-grandfatherHersch Pikholz had an uncle Zelig. That information was very important in Israel'sresearch over the last two decades, research that was helped along by traditional sources andmore recently by genetic genealogy.
But even as he was progressing in his research, Israel could not shake the question "Why did my
father know this?" Israel says "My father was eight years old when his grandfather Hersch Pikholz
died and they never had any real conversation. None of the cousins knew about Uncle Zelig,
even the older one who lived in the same house as my great-grandfather. My father himself did
not recall why he knew this."
And did it even matter? Israel tells the story of his great-great-great-uncle, what he learned about this family and why now he thinks he knows how his father knew. And yes, it matters.