About this blog

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Yvette Merzbacher, 2016

 

Welcome to Bessarabian Clues!

October 22, 2016. 14:36 pm

Thank you for stopping by and share my excitement about finding the story behind the paternal side of my family. My grandparents Yoil Bronstein and Lise Kaufman were born in Bessarabia, Romania. This exotic and remote place on earth is now located in the Northern part of the Republic of Moldova.

In looking for Bessarabian clues you will follow me in doing the unthinkable in order to discover the untraceable and lost in time information about their lives and the destiny of their relatives before WWI and WWII. Also, you will accompany me in finding out their exact place of birth, their shtetl (Jewish village), important documents, their travel routes, lost gravestones, and tales. I have lots of inconclusive questions left untold as you can see. This urge to uncover the truth behind the closed lips of my grandfather has been with me since my childhood and created an inner drive that has only been eased with the coming of the internet. Through it I have been able to find some precious details but I have not been able to solved all my questions yet. All I possess until now are pieces of information I call “life puzzle”, no photos to hold on and some records recovered while others are lost forever.

I know I am not alone in this journey because I am with you, fellow genealogist. Therefore, I wish to take you with me along this discovery trip by stepping in an imaginary time travel capsule which will take us back and forth between the now and the beginning of last century and to rejoice together and celebrate when I will discover a new clue and a new path to follow in this relentless and unstoppable search.

Please share with me this adventure and come along this wandering path, along the rivers Pruth and Dniester, in the now and then of my family past. Let’s look for the untraceable pieces of this life puzzle together, let’s make the impossible a possible and let’s start the search for the Bessarabian clues.

23 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Yvi, tu entusiasmo y alegria son contagiosos! Me tienes en ascuas leyendo lo que escribes y mirando las fotos que compartes con todos. Me alegro tanto por ti, por hacer ese viaje sonado una realidad. De todo corazon te deseo que encuentres datos y lugares que aclaren el panorama de la vida y origen de tu Seide Yoil,zl y tu Bobe Lise,zl. Buena suerte y adelante, siempre adelante! Tu Mami.

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  2. QUE BELLA EXPERIENCIA, HASTA ELECCIONES TE HAN TOCADADO. TODO ES NOVEDOSO. YA LO PUEDO IMAGINAR, ESPERO QUE HAYAS LEIDO EL LINK DE EL PAIS DE ESPAÑA QUE TE ENVIE ANOCHE SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES, IN ORDER TO BE MORE CURRENT, LLEVAS DOS DIAS DE SILENCIO, ME MUERO POR OIR O LEER TUS COMENTARIOS, QUE BUENO QUE TOMMY ES AHORA TU COMPAÑERO DE DE AVENTURA

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  3. Good luck on your search, I look forward to your future posts, I have family members on my paternal side that came from Bessarabia and worked on the Dieneatre River

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    • Thank you so much, Irene. This trip has been incredible and I am so happy to have done it. I have made wonderful friends and met incredible people. The food is excellent. I am looking forward to my next visit already.

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  4. I am so much looking forward to read more about my families history. So proud of you that your search for the history of our past has become a reality, and your had work has payed out.

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  5. Dear Yvette, I´ve stumbled on this blog while looking for you. Am a long ago friend of your Mom´s. And we were all together in Dallas (with your Bessarabian Dad), back in the 80´s, not sure if you remember. Pictures are always so wonderful to bring alive memories. You are doing a wonderful job with this blog of your ancestry. I am of German background but have only been able to locate a few clues. And I have this very strong feeling of Jewish heritage, but can´t prove it yet. Your experience is instructive. Joan DEATLY (Mahon), Blue 1959 from Lima and now in Florida…too far from your Mom right now. Please forgive this lengthy personal message

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  6. Hello Yvetta.We hve Bronstein in our family.We live in Brazil and my Bronstein cousin is very interested in reseacching about her family.

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    • Hi Simone! So sorry I just answered you today, but I didn’t see your message. I would love to connect with you and know more about your Bronstein family. Can you please write me your email to connect? That would be amazing! By the way, do you know that there is a Facebook group for Yedinitzer? Warm regards,
      Yvette

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  7. Que maravilla que as emprendido esta cuesta. Yo tambien admiro lo que haces. Mis padres nacieron en Bessarabbia y fueron al Peru y luego a Colombia
    Un abrazo
    Paulina

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    • Hola Paulina!! recien veo tu mensaje! Sorry por responder recien ahora. Mil gracias por tus lindas palabras. No sabes cuanto las aprecio. Pronto voy a escribir un poco mas de lo que he encontrado en estos años. Te mand un besote! Mil cariños, Yvette

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  8. Hi, Yvette
    I was delighted to happen upon your blog. I believe your mixed feelings resonate with many who return to a place with such a bittersweet history.

    I am working on a family history that also has roots in Yedinitz. Would it be possible for me to use some of your photos?. Of course, I would be overjoyed to give you full credit for the photos. I’d also be happy to send you a link to the final document which I’m entitling, Nanny and Papa, who were my grandparents. Frank Einis, Papa, my grandfather, emigrated in 1920. He was followed by the rest of his family in 1923. His maternal ancestors, the Weismans were resident in Yedinitz in the 1800s. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Roberta Goldschneider

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    • Hi Roberta, nice meeting you. So sorry it took so long to answer you. I didn’t see this post. Allan told me about it. So happy to know you like my blog and photos. Which ones are the ones you like? I would love to know more about your project, too. Would you like to write in private? Warm regards

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  9. Hello Roberta – Yvette organized the Yedinitz Yizkor Book Translation Project and asked me to join her in this important endeavor.
    I am pleased to have you join us in this journey to learn about our ancestors’ past, and to make an impact for future generations.

    Regards,

    Allan

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