Readers respond to Family Tree Magazine.
Congratulations for the excellent article “Middle Ground” by Brad Crawford, which appeared in the February 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine. As someone who has been researching Middle Eastern roots for nine years, I am in a position to say that everything about it was exceptional: the depth and breadth of research, the lively writing, the photos and graphics, the layout and font, and the seamless integration of the sidebars and online extras. Aside from being interesting and informative, it as a yawning gap in genealogy for a sizable group of people, who often have had to keep a low profile over the decades to “make it” in America. The increasing prejudice against and misconceptions about those of Middle Eastern origin makes the very fact of your publishing it in these times courageous. I feel proud to be quoted in such a fine article, and was especially impressed and appreciative that Mr. Crawford was willing to take the extra time needed to ensure his quotes conveyed the intended meaning. Living abroad, this is the first time I have seen Family Tree Magazine, and I look forward to reading the rest of the issue.