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Today we’re super excited to announce the winners of the Family
Reunion contest held in June.
And the grand prize winner is … Patricia Skubis! Her long-lost Danish relative
Tage will travel to the United States so they can meet in person for the first time.
Patricia also will receive a year-long VIP
membership to Family Tree Magazine and a three-year Premium-Plus subscription
Patricia belongs to a Danish family that immigrated to the United States in 1888.
Another branch had headed for Australia in 1873. Skubis made contact 27 years ago
with Alison Rogers from the Australian branch, but they were unable to find a connection.
Here’s Patricia’s account of how it finally happened (look for more details in an
upcoming issue of Family Tree Magazine):
In March of 2011, a family in Denmark researching the Thygesen name posted information
on MyHeritage and I received a Smart Match notice. I wasn’t sure we had a match. The
parents’ names were the same but the children did not match. So I asked the submitter
for more information. With the additional information I thought we did indeed have
I went online to the Danish Church Records [on the
Danish archives’ website] and found Tyge Jørgensen’s children between Neils Madsen
Thygesen, born in 1794, and my great-great-grandfather Martin, born in 1805. What
a great surprise I received when I found that the next son after Neils was Peder Andersen
Thygesen, the great-great-grandfather of Alison Rogers.
Tage and I are fourth cousins once removed. Our great-great-grandfathers, along with
Alison’s, were brothers.
Linda Mehlinger, whose mystery started with her Louisiana-born great-grandmother’s
photo of a lady and five schoolgirls in a rickshaw being pulled by a Zulu warrior.
Through research including searching the 1910 census on Ancestry.com and contacting
other genealogists via a mailing list, she discovered a cousin in South Africa who
had pictures of the same people.
Pam Ingermanson, whose Norwegian ancestors settled in Idaho. After hours upon
hours of research, she connected with a cousin who descended from a brother who ended
up in Ohio. The branches of the family had lost touch over the years.
You can read the winners’ full stories, as well as those of other entrants, in their
comments on the MyHeritage.com
Thank you to everyone who entered this contest. Both our team at Family Tree Magazine and
our contest partners MyHeritage.com were touched by your stories of reconnecting with
family, and we’re impressed by your diligent research. You’re truly an inspiration
to your fellow family historians!