Today were 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 with MyHeritage.com.
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. Heres Patricias 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 wasnt 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 a match.
I went online to the Danish Church Records [on the Danish archives website] and found Tyge Jørgensens 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 Alisons, were brothers.
- Linda Mehlinger, whose mystery started with her Louisiana-born great-grandmothers 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 Blog.
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. Youre truly an inspiration to your fellow family historians!