article in the current issue of Moment magazine, Alaska is "That Great Big Jewish Land." Jews apparently have had a strong influence in the development of the state and its admission to the union, and are significantly prominent in commercial and public life. They were some of the first non-native settlers in the area. From their ranks came people as diverse as the state's first postmistresses, the longest-serving territorial governor (and the man who pushed for statehood), and 20% of the state's judges in 1995. Someone has even written an alternate-history novel that contemplates what Alaska might have been like had plans to make Alaska a haven for people fleeing the Holocaust been successful.
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
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