Mary Beth Sammons, Hanover, Sophie Khan discussed on John Landecker
Questions with us. Good Evening, Mary. Beth. Hi, How are you? I'm good. How are you? Doing great. Thanks like that. The city cute that we're family. Oh, just hang on. I got a whole lineup of cute stuff for this. Oh, man, I'm just scratching the cute surface. All right, um Happen to write a book once, and I thought I would do a thing about my family at the beginning of it, so I Videotape my father, who was long since passed away. And he told me the story. And I'm going to tell you because it fits perfectly with what we're talking about. Okay, we go. I was very close to my mother's family, and especially my grandmother, Sophie Khan. When I was an adolescent and visiting grandmother in Berlin, my cousin and I became interested in our family history. Nobody seemed to know much about the earlier generations of cons. But they remembered there was an old abandoned Jewish cemetery in town that might offer a few clues. So we took along someone that could read. He grew and we found several gravestones. My cousin took meticulous notes and wrote down all the names and dates from the gravestones, and he promised to do more research when he got home. Unfortunately, he lived in Hanover and had to take a train. Back to his hometown. Now the bathrooms in those trains were notoriously bad, and this one was no exception. When he went into the bathroom stall, he noticed that they didn't have any toilet paper. Well, this was an emergency, and my cousin had only one piece of paper that would solve that problem. The piece of paper with all the notes about the family's history. Couple family history was literally flushed down the toilet on a train to hand over There you go. Yeah, That's the story. That's the story and your book is so mad. I just really enjoyed it. Because this whole ancestry quest is such a Hot topic, I guess is one way to put it. It's very popular. Um, there's a variety of ways of doing it. And Your book has not only Suggestions on how to do it. But it also has suggestions of what not to do, and it has also some collections of Great stories, some of them heartwarming, some of them a little shocking. Depending on what your genealogy and your DNA's A reveals Tell me a little bit up. Tell me a bit about putting this book together and Talking to these people. Okay, well, the initial I got the idea for the book because my in my family, the heritage is Irish. And my Irish mother would never talk about the fact that her father left when she was two. And disappeared. And so we were never allowed to talk about it. But when my mother was dying, she said to me, you know very bad. Would you Would you try to find out what happened, My dad and you know she was in her nineties so he would have been in his 100 twenties. And so I said around this mission to try to track his ancestry and, um you know, three ancestry dot com and some of the sights and then Edna 23 me, but at the same time I was doing it. I started realizing that everybody around me had a story on by some of the allows its story for shocking. You know, they're you know, the person found out that their mother wasn't there, Mother. That had that or they found out that they had eight siblings. They didn't know about or that you know, there were first through infertile, you know, through Sterilization laboratory. And so you know, I'm the former journalist, and it just really grabbed my attention that this was such a phenomenon and I started researching it and The numbers are pretty shocking. And they say that 26 million people buy flip the end of last year had taken Didna test and that 27% of those found out about an ancestor or a parent that they didn't know that they had. Wow. That's you know, Yeah. And this is the life that this is the time of year that these things were given his gifts. Uh, aren't they? I mean, yes, right. Exactly about the experts that I've spoken to, you know, people hire private detectives now to find Mary ancestry and a lot of people are studying this and You know, they said, people are have good intentions They set out like here's a fun gift to do for Christmas and then There's no secrets anymore because of the Internet and because of DNA's A and so you know, 27% of the people are finding out things that they were pretty shocked about. Well, some of the stories and they're all they all have their own unique appeal. But then some are like the story where they did a search and found out that these I believe it was sisters lived 30 minutes apart from each other in Georgia for 10 years. Both of them gave birth to their Children on the same year. They were both pictures on their school softball team. All right. They had the same breed of dog. And both. And both were preschool teachers. That is really something. I mean, I got you. I got you think about stuff like this. And they had originally been adopted, You know, and lived on different sides of the country, but only in the left. You know, since they were adults, they ended up living that close to each other. And you know their story. The beautiful story. They are really good friends now and They look at each other. It's like looking in a mirror. You know, and that they are both of them. Both said that they were, they always felt that there was something missing. And they never really knew what itwas because they were raised by adaptive families in really good homes with really loving parents. They just Out like something was missing. And then when they found each other, they realized what itwas so And on the think you made reference to this, on the other end theirs in a story about finding out her parents were actually her grandparent's and her sister was a month was her mother. I mean, that's that's a whole different story and will doom or those With Mary Beth Sammons, that the author of the Great book, Believe me, I read it. It's good ancestry Quest when we come back on 7 20 w G. N.